ArticlesPractice and Quality Improvement Leaders Survey of Expectations of DNP Graduates' Quality Improvement ExpertiseHammersla, Margaret PhD, ANP-BC; Belcher, Anne PhD, RN; Ruccio, Lucy Rose BSN, RN; Martin, Jeff MBA; Bingham, Debra DrPH, RN, FAANAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Hammersla), College of Nursing, Montana State University, Bozeman; Associate Professor (Dr Belcher), School of Education, Johns Hopkins; and DNP Graduate Research Assistant (Ms Ruccio), Business Improvement Analyst (Mr Martin), and Associate Professor (Dr Bingham), School of Nursing, University of Maryland Baltimore, Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement, Quincy, MA. Funding was provided by the Maryland Health Service Cost Review Commission, Nurse Support Program Grant managed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Dr Hammersla, Montana State University PO Box 173560, Bozeman, MT 59717 ([email protected]). Supplemental digital content is available for this article. Direct URL citations appear in the printed text and are provided in the HTML and PDF versions of this article on the journal’s Web site (www.nurseeducatoronline.com). Accepted for publication: January 27, 2021 Published ahead of print: March 12, 2021 Cite this article as: Hammersla M, Belcher A, Ruccio LR, Martin J, Bingham D. Practice and quality improvement leaders survey of expectations of DNP graduates' quality improvement expertise. Nurse Educ. 2021;46(6):361–365. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001009 Nurse Educator: 11/12 2021 - Volume 46 - Issue 6 - p 361-365 doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001009 Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Background Input from practice leaders will improve how doctor of nursing practice (DNP) education is meeting the needs of the employer and improving patient outcomes. Purpose This article describes the expectations practice leaders have of new DNP graduates' ability to contribute to quality improvement (QI) efforts within health care organizations. Methods A survey of practice leaders and QI experts investigated the importance and use of QI knowledge and skills. Practice leaders were also asked about the expectations of DNP graduates at the time of hire. Results The results of this study support the need for nurses pursuing a DNP in advanced nursing practice to have education and training beyond their area of specialization, specifically in QI methods and tools. Conclusions Faculty need to provide DNP students education that includes concepts in QI and leadership to meet the expectations of future employers and the needs of a complex and changing health care system. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.