Date of Graduation

Spring 5-13-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Population Health Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Robin Buccheri, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita and Adjunct Faculty

Second Advisor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy DNP, MSN/MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH, Associate Professor

Third Advisor

Dr. Jo Loomis, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CHSE, NCMP, ANLC, CLC, CNL, Associate Professor


Problem: Training family nurse practitioners (FNPs) was identified as a concern within a university MSN FNP program. A major gap identified was that student practicum evaluation tools needed to be competency-based.

Context: The paradigm shift from content-focused curriculum to competency-based curriculum has led to a refinement in program accreditation and increased national certification requirements.

Interventions: Revision (aligned with NONPF core competencies and AACN Master’s essentials), adoption, implementation, and evaluation of competency-based FNP practicum evaluation tools and training of faculty and preceptors to use the revised tools and one-minute preceptor model were the interventions in this project.

Measures: Pre and post-training questionnaires were administered to faculty to evaluate the evaluation tools and their comfort in using them. A post-training questionnaire was administered to preceptors to assess their knowledge and comfort level using the revised tool and use of the OMP model in training FNP students.

Results: One hundred percent of faculty (n=4) rated revised student practicum evaluation tool very effective and 75% very comfortable in using it to evaluate students. Sixty percent of preceptors (n=5) rated revised tool as very effective and 80% were very comfortable using it with students. One hundred percent of faculty reported they would use the OMP model with students while 40% of preceptors reported they would use it in most of their training while 60% would use it occasionally.

Conclusion: The results suggest that revision of FNP student evaluation tools and training of faculty and preceptors on how to use these tools and the OMP model in their teaching were successful.