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Using the Logic Model Framework to Standardize Quality and Rigor in the DNP Project

Sun, Grace H. DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC; Cherry, Barbara DNSc, RN, MBA, NEA-BC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000599
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Background Since the implementation of the DNP degree, there has been controversy, confusion, and inconsistency about the DNP project. To this day, the profession lacks a consensus of what the DNP project should be.

Problem Despite much in the literature regarding these issues, there is no systematic approach to the development of DNP project guidelines. Consequently, there is now an escalating interest in increasing the quality and rigor of DNP projects.

Approach Many issues related to the DNP project can be addressed using a logic model approach and incorporating current best practices.

Conclusions This article demonstrates how a logic model can be used for the development or improvement of DNP project processes, incorporating best practices and evaluation methods to ensure quality and rigor.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Sun) and Professor (Dr Cherry), School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Sun, 3601 4th St STOP 6264, Lubbock, TX 79430-6264 (

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Accepted for publication: July 16, 2018

Published ahead of print: September 7, 2018

Online date: September 8, 2018

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