Date of Graduation

Fall 12-9-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Jo Loomis

Second Advisor

Karen VanLeuven

Third Advisor

Susan Dragoo


With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Value Based Purchasing (VBP) initiative, hospitals and the health System have rolled out a strategic goals of focusing on meeting the VBP objectives and standardizing care within their hospitals. To help meet these goals and improve patient care, many hospitals have looked toward the implementation of the acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) role in the hospital setting. There is a lack of guidelines, though, on how to implement the ACNP role. This has led to several barriers, which have created variation in practice and outcomes across the hospital settings. The aim of this project is to improve the implementation of the ACNP role in the hospitals and health system through the development of “ACNP Role Implementation Guidelines” for administrators and nurse practitioners.

Included in

Nursing Commons