Mar 03, 2024
Description of Program (DNP)
Grounded in an environment of scholarship, the mission of the WSU Department of Nursing is to educate knowledgeable caring, ethical, creative, and accountable nurse leaders who provide person- and relationship-centered care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations in a diverse society. This mission is based on the beliefs that:
- a caring, diverse, and respectful community provides the best environment for students to learn how to care for themselves and others
- optimal learning to care for self and others occurs in a caring, diverse and respectful community
- faculty and students are accountable for maintaining and modeling professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct
- recognizing and valuing human diversity is essential to person- and relationship-centered care
- individuals have different ways of knowing and learning about the world
- creativity and innovation contribute to continuous quality improvement and sustainability
- an enriched learning environment is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students
- effective nurse leaders engage in continuous professional development and lifelong learning
Graduates of the DNP programs are prepared for a variety of advanced nursing roles (e.g. nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists). These graduates also have the foundation for continued graduate studies (i.e. PhD). Graduates of the DNP program are prepared for the highest level of clinical nursing practice.
Nursing science core courses, taken by all graduate students, build on students’ baccalaureate nursing knowledge to integrate scientific underpinnings for practice, understand nursing information management and decision making, and advocate for health promotion. Students develop evidence-based knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care while demonstrating leadership and professionalism. Courses within the selected programs of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist; Family Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Nursing Leadership: Nursing and Organizational Leadership; or Nursing Leadership: Practice and Leadership Innovations provide specialized knowledge and practice opportunities in each advanced nursing role. A unique feature of this program is the targeted emphasis on the nurse’s use of advanced knowledge and skills of health promotion with individuals, families, and systems in diverse populations to address health care needs within complex environments.
Nursing and Organizational Leadership (72 credits)
Students who elect the Nursing and Organizational Leadership DNP program are prepared for administrative and leadership positions in a health care setting. In addition to the core courses, content focuses on elements of a nursing care system; the responsibilities of the Nursing and Organizational Leader in research, education, and clinical practice; human resource management; fiscal accountability; information and project management; the functions of the Nursing and Organizational Leader in the organization and system; and on issues and trends in nursing organizational management. Clinical practicums in advanced nursing for the Nursing and Organizational Leader emphasize management of clients, nurses, and other health care personnel and resources. The Nursing Leadership Practicums offer students the opportunity to apply nursing leadership and administrative principles under the guidance of a qualified preceptor. The Clinical Scholarship Project is completed with guidance of a clinical mentor by all DNP students and involves demonstration of knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care in a variety of settings and for a variety of populations. Graduates of the program are prepared for eligibility for the following certification exams after meeting additional eligibility criteria related to work experience: the American Organization for Nurse Leaders (AONL) exam to become certified as an Executive in Nursing Practice (CENP) or a nurse manager and leader (CNML) or certification for Nurse Executive (NE-BC) or the Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Certification may also require a certain number of years of experience in a formal leader position.
Nursing Science Core Courses (DNP) (36 credits)
Nursing and Organizational Leadership (27 credits)
Graduate Electives (9 credits)
Choose 9 credits at 600/700-level Nursing.
Clinical hours: (1 clinical credit = 60 hours of contact time)
Nursing and Organizational Leadership: 1020 Clinical Hours