Date of Graduation

Fall 12-13-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Dr. KT Waxman

Second Advisor

Dr. Elena Capella


As key figures in health care today, nurses contribute greatly to the provision of safe, quality care delivery in the acute care setting. Increasing evidence indicates that patient outcomes are better in hospitals with good nurse work environments, including those with a professional practice model of care delivery. With health care organizations currently facing demanding competitive markets, multiple governmental regulations, various accreditations, financial stability, patient safety concerns, patient and family satisfaction, sustainable quality metrics, resource stewardship, and workforce issues such as turnover and shortages, it is imperative that organizations look to assuring they have a strong nursing workforce. Professional practice models give meaning to the care nurses deliver through nursing theory and guide nursing practice. Several studies suggest that increasing engagement can improve patient and nurse outcomes, thereby suggesting that professional practice model implementation may be a method to consider. The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a uniquely designed employee engagement implementation model for nursing and to explore its impact on patient outcomes and nurse engagement.

Included in

Nursing Commons