Date of Graduation

Spring 5-5-2012

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department/Program

Nursing

First Advisor

Dr. Judith Lambton

Second Advisor

Dr. Judith Karshmer

Third Advisor

D. David O'Dell

Abstract

The creation of systems that can provide bridges to information technology requires rethinking old ways of doing business. In the past, individual universities and colleges would accommodate theses and dissertations on their library sites. Some of these sites are public and can be accessed by everyone, while some require university-specific affiliation.

This project aims to apply knowledge and skills related to information systems and technology. With the growth of the DNP clinical doctorate programs, and final outcome projects there is a need for specialized DNP database for a new method of data entry and retrieval for DNP’s. The creation of a resource specific to DNP students and faculty can provide easier access to evidence-based projects. Specialization of this database to help track trends and projects of DNP students from different DNP programs and can later be a source for research into the quality and outcomes of DNP final projects across the country.

The purpose of this project is to develop consensus as to the valuable aspects related to the creation of a centralized electronically accessible databank for DNP final student projects. The goal is to provide a shortened pathway to get DNP final projects’ evidence-based outcomes easily accessible for people within and outside the DNP program. DNP students in programs across the country could easily access what other students have submitted as final projects, from which they could build on ideas or adapt project criteria to meet the needs of their individual settings.

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