Date of Graduation

Fall 12-17-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Peggi Winter

Second Advisor

Mary Lynne Knighten


Background: As pre-licensure nursing education is burdened by levels of regulations and standards, it is important the academic leader understand regulatory compliance and the applicable federal, state, and local rules and laws. At a multi-campus university, the leader’s ability to address regulatory issues is critical to the program’s success.

Local Problem: The university’s campus leader regulatory orientation lacks consistency and standardization of content and resources. This situation results in campus leaders having varying degrees of knowledge and competency ensuring academic regulatory compliance.

Context: Regulatory compliance stems from external influences and multiple layers of regulations and accreditation. The university provides onboarding to support role transition for academic leaders; however, there was an opportunity to improve the regulatory orientation to promote the leaders’ professional development and curtail leader turnover rates.

Intervention: The intervention consisted of a new academic regulatory orientation to promote consistent practice among academic leaders in maintaining regulatory compliance.

Outcome Measures: To assess the effectiveness of the intervention, pre- and post-intervention surveys, including program evaluation, were created to evaluate the training, resources, and effectiveness of the DNP student to facilitate learning and meeting the program outcomes.

Results: The training was deemed relevant, effective, and practical with reported increased knowledge and confidence regarding regulatory compliance and university policies.

Conclusions: A regulatory orientation is an evidence-based strategy to impart applicable knowledge and support professional development in transition to academic leadership.

Included in

Nursing Commons