Across doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs, wide variation exists for DNP project
expectations and curricular integration of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competencies.
This study examined DNP project
characteristics and compared knowledge, skills, and attitudes about quality improvement
(QI) processes between DNP program
faculty and graduates.
This descriptive study used a national convenience sample of DNP program
faculty and graduates from multiple settings (N = 147) who completed an electronic survey of a modified version of the Quality Improvement
Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Survey.
Most DNP projects were QI/practice improvement (85.5%) and required interprofessional collaboration (65%) and implementation of a practice change (55.8%) with evaluation (65.5%). DNP program
faculty (n = 73) and graduates (n = 30) had no significant differences in QI knowledge or skills; faculty reported less confidence in their knowledge (P
= .002) and skills (P
= .007) than graduates.
Faculty development efforts to improve QI knowledge and skills for DNP program
faculty are needed.