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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post Masters

Lourdes University MSN to DNP Program is approved and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Application for The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation is pending submission in 2019.

Program Statistics

MSN to DNP Program Statistics Inaugural (Cohort 1) pending 2018 & subsequent cohorts will be reported as follows:

  • number of  students enrolled in inaugural DNP Cohort
  • percentage of attrition rate
  • percentage of graduation rate
  • percentage of graduates have been employed or secured employment within 3 months of graduation.

Heidi Shank

Heidi M. Shank, DNP, MSN, RN
Director of DNP Program
Assistant Professor & Faculty, College of Nursing
SCH 248
419-824-3797
Email

With more than 30 years of experience meeting client needs in a variety of health care settings, Dr. Heidi M. Shank and the Lourdes University College of Nursing have designed an excellent accredited program for master’s-prepared RNs. Dr. Shank has risen in higher education ranks. She is pleased to direct a DNP program that focuses on the holistic development of nurses prepared in roles that directly influence health outcomes.

Particular emphasis is placed on the spiritual, psychosocial and physical health of vulnerable populations and communities. Students will also learn the skills of population health and global advocacy involving social policy as well as business planning for program development, implementation and evaluation.

Dr. Shank earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Indirect-Nursing Leadership from The University of Toledo and Wright State University Consortium. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and an Associates in Nursing degree from Owens Technical College in Rossford, Ohio.

As a Board of Director member and Secretary of the Northwest Ohio Nurses Association, member of the Ohio Nurses Association Speakers Bureau and the American Nurses Association, Dr. Shank recognizes the strong value of service within the nursing community. She has held administrative positions with several organizations including the Greater Toledo Area Chapter and the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Genoa Coterie Club.

Well respected in the healthcare profession, Dr. Shank has presented at numerous conferences in seven states in the U.S. and Nicaragua. She has contributed expert articles in several journals including American Journal of Disaster Medicine, Ohio Nurse and Lippincott Nursing Solutions. In 2018, a “Father of all strokes Case Study” is set for future publication in the American Journal of Nursing.

Throughout her career in higher education, Dr. Shank has developed pedagogy, created program and course curriculum, and successfully received grant funding to provide equipment for disaster preparedness. She has collaborated with colleagues in program and grant submissions, poster presentations, research and writing, and was selected as one of the Study Hospital co-Chairs for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Transitions to Practice Initiative.

Dr. Shank currently is a Professional Issues and Tele-health Panelist and member for the American Nurses Association as well as a Member, Scholarship Reviewer, and Community Service Committee Member for Zeta Theta Chapter-at-Large, Toledo. She served on the BSN Subcommittee for Ohio Values Veterans, the Ohio Deans and Director’s Opioid Task Force, and was the Appointed Regional Chapter Advisor (Region 9 – Ohio & Indiana) for three years for the American Association of Critical-care Nurses, and a Circle of Excellence Reviewer and Research Reviewer for the National Teaching Institute American Association of Critical Care Nurses in Aleijo Vista, CA.

Prior to her current position at Lourdes University, Dr. Shank served as a College of Nursing Advisory Council Member.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post Master’s

Can I transfer credits?

  1. A maximum of six credits can be transferred into the Post-Master’s DNP program.
  2. For credits to be transferred, the student must have received a grade of B or above and the course must have been taken in the last five years from an accredited university or college.
  3. An official transcript reflecting the course grade must be in the student’s file.
  4. If the student wishes to take a course prospectively:
      • Approval for the course MUST be obtained before the course is taken.
      • The student will request that an official transcript be re-sent to the registrar’s office once the course is completed.
  5. To have a course approved, the student should submit to the Program Director:
      • An application for Transfer of Credit Form
      • A syllabus for the course that includes course description, course objectives and a detailed content outline.
      • The Program Director will give the application to the appropriate faculty member who will approve or not approve the course for transfer credit.
      • The form will be sent to the registrar’s office where it will be placed in the student’s file.
  6. The registrar will have the transferred course posted to the student’s record in the Student Information System.

Completion of Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will have five years to complete the program. Coursework and project should be completed in two-three years. This time frame can be extended by an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) that should be renewed each semester (Fall & Spring). In unusual circumstances, the Program Director can be petitioned for extension of this deadline.

If a student does not register for courses without an approved LOA for two years, it will be necessary for the student to apply to be reinstated in the program. The student should submit an application form, essays and one recent recommendation. The essays should address how the student plans to be successful in completing the program. The student should contact the Program Director to determine if the Program Director agrees with the plan and the Dean and Program Director will make the decision about the need to repeat coursework.

Incomplete grades should be resolved by the end of the semester following the incomplete grade. After one year post incomplete (Fall and Spring semesters), the student will be required to repeat the class.

Students are expected to be actively enrolled in the Translational Research Project course while working on their final scholarly project or until successful completion and final defense is completed. Students must be actively enrolled at Lourdes University during their final semester of attendance/graduation.

Academic Performance

Progression in the Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program is contingent upon satisfactory academic achievement in all required pre-requisite courses.

Doctor of Nursing Practice students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above in all courses taken for credit as a DNP student at the Lourdes University College of Nursing to be awarded the DNP degree. All DNP students must successfully defend their scholarly project prior to award of the DNP degree. Students are expected be actively enrolled in the Translational Research Project course while working on their final project or until successful completion and final defense is completed. Students must be actively enrolled at Lourdes University during their final semester of attendance/graduation.

The grade of incomplete (I) will be given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed in the semester. A grade of I must be removed by the end of the semester following the one in which the course was taken or before the student enrolls in a course for which the initial course is a prerequisite. No credit is given for an I grade. The I will remain a permanent part of the transcript if the student fails to complete course requirements within the next semester.

Scholarly Project

The DNP program culminates in successful completion of a scholarly project. The scholarly project is designed by the student in collaboration with a two-three member committee approved by the Program Director. The scholarly project must focus on an issue related to improving patient outcomes. The final scholarly project can take the form of a thesis or a manuscript suitable for publication. The procedures and written product must conform to the regulations of the Lourdes University Institutional Review Board and the College of Nursing.

Students must successfully defend their completed scholarly project in an oral examination & with their committee members who are responsible for certifying that it meets acceptable scholarly standards. The defense is open to faculty and students; the project faculty leader determines whether the defense is open to those outside of the University. The committee determines the adequacy of the oral examination and written product. A student will pass if two or more of the committee members agree that the student successfully responded to questions during the defense and the written product met scholarly standards.

The final project will meet the standards and expectations consistent with the evidence-based practice program development and/or implementation focus of the DNP.

For more details regarding the DNP Scholarly Project follow the link to The American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2015 white paper titled The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Current Issues and Clarifying Recommendations: http://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/News/White-Papers/DNP-Implementation-TF-Report-8-15.pdf

Curriculum

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post-Masters

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 30-35 credit hours*

Courses
NUR 700 Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (1)
NUR 710 Population Health Across Diverse Cultures (3)
NUR 715 DNP Practice I-Quality and Safety (variable 1-2 or waiver)*
NUR 716 DNP Practice II-Synthesis (variable 1-2 or waiver)*
NUR 717 DNP Practice III-Evaluation (variable 1-2 or waiver)*
NUR 720 Translational Research for Advanced Practice (3)
NUR 725 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
NUR 730 Advocacy and Social Policy (3)
NUR 735 Epidemiology (3)
NUR 740 Information Systems Science, Theory, and Technology (3)
NUR 745 Leadership for Transitional Health Systems (3)
NUR 750 Translational Research Design (3)
NUR 755 Translational Research Implementation (3)
NUR 760 Translational Research Project (1)**

The designated DNP in Leadership for Population Health Plan of Study over 6 semesters is designed to progress as follows:

Semester 1
NUR 700 Introduction to the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (1)
NUR 710 Population Health Across Diverse Cultures (3)
NUR 730 Advocacy and Social Policy (3)

Semester 2
NUR 720 Translational Research for Advanced Practice (3)
NUR 735 Epidemiology (3)

Semester 3
NUR 740 Information Systems Science, Theory, and Technology (3)
NUR 750 Translational Research Design (3)

Semester 4 
NUR 715 DNP Practice I-Quality and Safety (variable 1-2 or waiver)*
NUR 725 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)

Semester 5 
NUR 716 DNP Practice II-Synthesis (variable 1-2 or waiver)*
NUR 755 Translational Research Implementation (3)

Semester 6
NUR 717 DNP Practice III-Evaluation (variable 1-2 or waiver)*
NUR 745 Leadership for Transitional Health Systems (3)
NUR 760 Translational Research Project (1)**

* Participation in NUR 715, NUR 716, and NUR 717 will be waived or the correlational credit hours will be required based upon a practice hours assessment/verification at time of admission to the program. All DNP graduates are expected to complete a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate hours. This requirement may be met wholly or partly by practice hours completed during the student’s MSN program. Students eligible to waive all practice hours will need to take a 1 credit hour elective in order to graduate with a total of 30 credit hours.

**Students are expected be actively enrolled in the Translational Research Project course while working on their final project or until successful completion and final defense is completed. Students must be actively enrolled at Lourdes University during their final semester of attendance/graduation.

 

DNP Learning Outcomes

  • Display a professional commitment to the Franciscan values of community, learning, reverence, and service when leading care of diverse populations in the advanced practice nursing role. (Essential II, VIII, Lourdes Mission)
  • Utilize interdisciplinary sciences to establish professional standards that provide safe, effective, efficient, evidence based care in an advanced practice nursing role. (DNP Essential I, VIII)
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge in the design and use of theoretical and technological systems to manage individual and aggregate level information to improve and transform healthcare. (DNP Essential I, II, IV)
  • Employ communication, leadership, and cultural principles to collaborate with multidisciplinary teams in the provision of quality and safety initiatives to improve outcomes at the individual and systems level. (DNP Essential II, VI, VIII)
  • Utilize epidemiology to translate evidence-based practice models to improve individual, aggregate, and population health. (DNP Essential III, V, VII)
  • Synthesize, evaluate, and impact ethical, political, economic, legal, and moral issues as related to healthcare in society. (DNP Essential V, VII)
  • Adapted from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice available at http://www.aacnnursing.org/Portals/42/Publications/DNPEssentials.pdf

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post-Masters

Registered nurses (RNs) who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree are admitted directly into the DNP program upon satisfactory fulfillment of the following requirements.

    • Graduated from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in nursing
    • Completed a graduate level statistics course prior to admission
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      • Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate courses may be reviewed by program advisor prior to application process at applicant’s request.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • A current, unrestricted license as a registered nurse in attendee’s state of residence.
    • Complete a satisfactory interview (by invitation only).
    • Complete and submit the Graduate Application for Admission and pay a non-refundable $100 application fee. For more information please contact Student Accounts at 419-824-3727.

A completed application that also includes the following:

  1. One recommendation using the Lourdes University recommender form supporting the applicant’s potential success in the DNP program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the advanced practice role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program or a current manager/supervisor.
  2. Resume or CV that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  3. Official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions attended.
  4. Documentation of post baccalaureate clinical hours completed in Master’s program. All DNP graduates are expected to complete a minimum of 1,000 post-baccalaureate clinical hours. This requirement may be met wholly or partly by clinical hours completed in the student’s MSN program with verified documentation from the academic institution where they were completed. Participation in NUR 715, NUR 716, and NUR 717 will be waived or the credit hours will be assigned and the Plan of study will be updated based upon the verification of practice hours assessment of each student. Students may need to complete additional requirements of specific clinical sites at their own expense prior to commencing clinical hours.

Students located in California, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are not eligible for the Lourdes DNP Program at this time.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Applications for the Lourdes DNP Program will be accepted year-round for admission consideration. Classes will begin in Fall each year.

For additional information, contact the DNP Program Director at 419-824-3797.

NOTE: The administration of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program reserves the right to offer and allow adjustments to the admission requirements, deadlines or processes on an individual case by case basis while remaining consistent with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination in its admission processes.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership for Population Health, Post-Masters

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Tara Hanna
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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for clinical nursing. A DNP is a terminal degree that offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNSc, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.

Designed for Post Master’s Prepared RNs

The Lourdes Doctor of Nursing Practice in Leadership for Population Program is designed for post Master’s prepared RNs. The program embraces an online format of core content and allows students to complete the requirements for a DNP with relative ease on their own schedule from a remote location.

Online DNP

 

Define Your Population of Health

The DNP program is intended to be a student-driven experience. Each student defines his/her specific population of health in which to study and to develop expertise.

As a Lourdes DNP student, you are challenged to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to meet client needs in a variety of health care settings while maintaining a grounding in Franciscan mission & values. Nursing education at Lourdes University is rooted in Franciscan values of community, learning, reverence, and service, highlighting a respect for the integrity of all creation with an emphasis on the spiritual, psychosocial, and physical health of persons.

Doctoral-prepared faculty and qualified support staff collaborate regularly with students throughout the program. Content related to population health and models of leadership for nursing and healthcare are provided with the DNP Essentials in mind. Students learn the skills of population health and global advocacy involving social policy as well as business planning for program development, implementation, and evaluation.

Time to Degree Completion

The core DNP program develops future nurse leaders over 6 semesters. It is anticipated that the enrollees will be able to continue working while attending.

Students can complete the program in as few as two years but are allowed up to five years if needed. Project and course work run concurrently and all courses help students meet the AACN DNP Essentials.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Lourdes DNP Program are reviewed year-round although admission is set for Fall each year.

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