Date of Graduation

Spring 5-17-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Dr. Elena Capella

Second Advisor

Dr. KT Waxman

Third Advisor

Dr. Greg DeBourgh


To meet the current and anticipated nursing leadership gaps, there is a critical need for tools and programs to develop of future leaders. Unfortunately, there is a deficiency related to the preparation and readiness of novice nurse managers which impacts turnover, burnout, and the quality, safety and cost of care for patients. The aim of this Doctor of Nursing evidence-based change in practice project was to create an online training program that integrated two national nursing leadership competencies to assist the development of novice nurse managers as they transition to a formal leadership role.

A video-based module system with active learning objectives established on adult learning principles was created for sixteen participants in healthcare organizations in Washington and Oregon recruited through a nursing leadership organization. Although limited results from program participants impacted the overall program, survey outcomes indicated seventy-five percent of respondents strongly agreed the program improved their knowledge and reparation as a nursing leader indicating the program can provide an effective, efficient process for novice leader development that is not cost or time prohibitive.

Keywords: Leadership development, nurse manager, novice manager development, online learning.