Overview of DNP Residency and Project

Overview of DNP
Residency and Project
Robin Bissinger, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC
Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
 Team of faculty to assist you
 Advisement Team
 Director of Graduate Program
 Graduate Program Coordinator
 Director of Student Services
 Clinical Placement Coordinator
 Site agreements and preceptors
 Practice Inquiry Project Coordinator
DNP: Doctoral Degree for
 It is a practice doctorate
 New Consensus model for practice
APRN: 4 roles
Population Foci: 6
Family/Individual across the lifespan (FNP)
Adult Gerontology
Women’s Health/Gender Related
Psych-Mental Health
DNP Competencies
Eight essentials for doctoral education for APRNs
Scientific underpinnings for practice
Organizational and Systems leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems
Clinical Scholarship and Analytic Methods for Evidence-based Practice
Understanding of translational research, evidence-based practice and process
Information systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the
Improvement and Transformation of health care
Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
Inter-professional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health
Clinical Prevention and Population Health for improving the Nation’s Health
Advanced Nursing Practice
The practice of clinical nursing at the highest level
DNP Program
 Full or Part time plan of study
 Signed and agreed to by the student
 If you change from FT/PT or PT/FT we have to revise and
sign a new plan of study
 Use your program plan to register for your courses each
 Email advising you to register and time to contact us if you
have any questions or concerns
 Check your MUSC email daily for information
DNP Program Needs
 My-Folio
 Sign honor code
 Upload your CV and keep current copy uploaded
 Upload a current picture
 Tell us your 2 sentence elevator speech
 “What is a DNP”
 Sign that you have reviewed the DNP and CON student
handbooks both are posted on the web site
 Maintain current MUSC requirements (i.e. BCLS)
 Key component of the DNP Program
 Combines clinical practice experiences with scholarly
activities (500 hours for a total of 1000 hours)
 Two components
 Comprehensive clinical experience
400 Precepted Hours
Broadens exposure in your APN specialty
Does not provide a new specialty
 Practice Inquiry Project
100 hours
 Key Aspects
 Integrative practicum for DNP students
 Completed in the final year of the program
 Key component of DNP education
 Synthesis of knowledge
 Ongoing Portfolio development (My-Folio)
Individually designed by each student
Set your own clinical goals
Approved by Residency Coordinator
Demonstration of increasingly complex and proficient practice
Clinical hours
Refined communication, reflection and scholarly skills
Reflective Journaling
Scholarly Activities
Patient care expertise with emphasis on independent and inter-professional clinical practice
Typhon clinical logs
Clinical and Preceptor contracts
Health Policy and Health Care delivery Projects
Clinical Residency
 Clinical Placement Coordinator: Lee Horton
Clinical Site
Clinical Site Approval form
Faxed to Graduate Program Coordinator (Douglass)
Goes to Clinical Placement Coordinator for Approval
Once site approved: Affiliation Agreement Request Form
Faxed to Graduate Program Coordinator
Must have Legal facility agreement to start residency work
Clinical Preceptor
With expertise in clinical practice
Nationally certified
Complete clinical preceptor form, attach CV, copy of license and
certification (Send to Graduate Program Coordinator: Douglass)
Residency Contract
 Purpose of residency is to increase exposure to doctoral level
clinical practice
DNP Clinical Residency Contract
Specific objectives, requirements and evaluation criteria
Specified number of hours for each contract
Completion of contract to successfully meet residency requirement
Final decision by residency course coordinator
Contract must be developed by the student and agreed on by clinical
preceptor and residency course coordinator
Signed by the student, clinical preceptor and residency course
Placed in academic record
Reflective Journal
 Integration of clinical leadership and inquiry into previous or
current practice
 Utilize clinical cases from your experience or practice
 Integration of ethics, genetics, heath policy, collaboration and
information technology, health disparity and other areas of
doctoral level practice
 This is a tangible, deliverable academic product
 Example
Identify a potential genetic risk in a population of patients you
have cared for and discuss a diagnosis of a genetic condition
and an intervention you made for an individual in your
practice. Discuss the implications for the families. What did
you learn from the experience? Would you do anything
different? Provide a critical analysis and discussion. (Upload
this to MyFolio)
Scholarly Activities
 Academic and Scholarly activities
 Conferences, seminars, journal club, grand rounds,
morbidity and mortality, patient conferences, quality and
safety, practice-based lectures, interdisciplinary
committees, quality improvement committees, policy or
advocacy events
 Each student is expected to document a minimum of 10
activities during residency
 On My-Folio: under Residency you will find this section
Residency Competencies
 Domains and Competencies for DNP education and APRN practice
must be met within the program.
These are the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for clinical
practice (referred to as competencies)
Some are met in course work
Others are met by students with documentation provided by you in
 Each Domain and competency is outlined in MyFolio
Required to review competencies and complete any tasks
Competency 22: Counsels the patient on the use of
complementary/alternative therapies (see task)
In one paragraph describe how you counseled a patient on the use of
complementary therapies.
Residency Evaluation
 Evaluation of Clinical site
 Evaluation of Clinical Preceptors
 Evaluation of Residency Course
 Evaluation of Residency Course Coordinator
Practice Inquiry Project
 Use of research knowledge and methods to create, implement
and evaluate practice interventions, health delivery systems,
and clinical teaching.
 Commitment to translate research into practice in order to
improve health care outcomes
 Project in an area of clinical practice, expertise or interest
 A practice change initiative
 Program implementation and evaluation
 Practice model implementation and evaluation
 Health policy implementation
 Quality improvement project
 MyFolio is used instead of a written proposal
 Pieces of the Practice Inquiry Project are built in some of your
Example: NRDP 844 Research Use and Evidence Based Practice
Section 1: Introduction and Statement of Problem
Section 3: State of the Science Paper
Example: NRPHD: Knowledge Dissemination and Translation
Section 2: Philosophical or theoretical perspective
These pieces will assist you when you write your paper for
publication in your last residency course
 IRB approval must be uploaded (exempt/expedited)
 CITI training certificate must be uploaded
 Project is related to advanced practice in the nursing
specialty and benefits a group, population or community
rather than an individual
 My be done in partnership with an agency or group but
student must have the leadership role or can be solo
 Students work with the Practice Inquiry Project
Coordinator to develop the project (Dr. Edlund)
 Must go through IRB at MUSC and your center
Faculty Committee
 Three members
 Practice Inquiry Project Coordinator
 Clinical advisor or mentor at your site
 National expert or person with interest in area
 Complete Practice Inquiry Project Topic and Committee
member form with all there of the above signatures agreeing
to be part of your committee
 Deadline for forming the committee
 Post MSN/DNP: by end of the first semester
 Post BSN/DNP: by fall of the second year
Practice Inquiry Project
 Components are threaded throughout your program
 Upload those components in the MyFolio
 Approval by your course instructor
 Approval by the Practice Inquiry Project Coordinator
 Communication with your PIP committee is essential
each step of development
 Cannot be started until you have IRB approval and you
must be in your residency course
PIP Framework
 Focus-PDSA approach
F: Find a process to improve
Organize an effort to work on improvement
What is the current state of the science related to the process or
Understand process variation and performance capabilities
Who will be involved and what support do you need
Clarify the current knowledge of the process
What do you plan to change
Outline specifically how the current process works
Select changes aimed at performance or process improvement
Choose the intervention or interventions
What changes are you going to make
PIP Framework
 Plan the change. Analyze and predict the results
 How do you plan to measure the effect of the change
 Do it
 Execute the plan taking small steps in controlled
 Study it
 Check or study the results
 Act: Take action
 How do you sustain the gain
 If no working what is the next step (Continue PDSA)
Program Milestones
 Completion and presentation of the Practice Inquiry Project
Proposal (in Charleston)
 Must have proposal approval sheet with you
 Must have committee on board
Plan to have distance members on-line
 Final Poster presentation of completed project (in Charleston)
 Must have final completion paperwork with you
 Consider having committee members present
 Submission of paper for publication
 Paper approved by faculty with all revisions
 Journal proof of submission
 Residency: Completion of all 500 hours
Final Project Work
 Final proposal is completed in NRDNP 852 Health Program
 Final paper and poster are due in your last residency (NRDNP 890)
 Two weeks prior to the poster presentation
All sections of MyFolio must be complete
Publication must be approved and all revisions made
 Poster presentation
Electronic publication must be uploaded with proof of submission
to journal
Poster is presented with a 10 minute oral-summary
Committee signs off on your work with recommendation for the
DNP degree
Contact us
 Stay in touch
 Send emails with questions and concerns
 Consider being on the Graduate Program Committee and EPEC
committee to represent your group
 If you are struggling call early so we can help
 Understand one thing:
“Our Goal is that everyone will graduate, do well and represent the
CON as a strong APRN leader”
 Follow up with us after graduation: Alumni survey, employer survey
and graduation survey

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