Date of Graduation

Spring 5-6-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Marjorie Barter, EdD, RN, CNL, CENP

Second Advisor

Judith Lambton, EdD, RN

Third Advisor

Kia James, EdD, MPH, RN, CNL


Collegiate-based emergency medical services (EMS), designed primarily to provide pre-hospital basic life support and emergency services, are venues by which nurses and other healthcare professionals, with an understanding of community health and social network issues, can maximize health promotion objectives for university and college campus communities. These EMS systems also provide vital support to city and county emergency services and promote positive community relationships with neighboring areas. They can provide excellent opportunities for students to develop critical skills for success in the healthcare and business world. The sustainability and vibrancy of collegiate-based EMS systems are primarily related to impact, benefit and cost. Those systems that are financially neutral or that can generate revenue are more likely to be sustained as well as those that are deemed necessary and contribute positively to the general mission, vision, and values of the university or college and community they serve. This collegiate-based EMS was developed and implemented to address health promotion and prevention issues, contribute to community relations, improve campus resilience and improve campus health and safety. This project will demonstrate the impact and sustainability of such service to the continued improvement to a university campus and as a positive contribution to the health of an urban community.