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Scott Burchett

Spring, 2015
Goals and objectives for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
Based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Essential 1: Scientific underpinnings for practice
DNP graduates possess a vast amount of knowledge from the sciences; they have the ability to
translate and apply that knowledge rapidly and in an effective manner to benefit patients in the
routine needs of practice environments (AACN, 2006).
Goal #1: Apply the scientific knowledge gained in the DNP program (and previous nursing
education) to benefit individual patients and whole patient populations.
Objectives:
1) Refine plan for Capstone Project focusing on care for members of the LGBT
community
2) Utilize principles gained from DNP study (eg. leadership and education) to better
educate and implement preventive health policies (eg. provide information for disease
prevention and opportunities to screen for appropriate health needs/knowledge
deficits).
a.) Formulate and present educational offering to be used as part of capstone
project (July, 2015).
b.) Conduct pretest and post-test on nurse practitioners and physician assistants
(July-August, 2015).
Essential 2: Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems
thinking
DNP graduates must possess the ability to understand and implement policies on an
organizational level as well as within the public policy area. They must also have the ability to
provide care directly to the patient in addition to providing care as a member of the healthcare
team (AACN, 2006).
Goal #2: Provide optimum patient care within the policies of my healthcare organization in
which I am employed.
Objectives:
1) Meet with administrators of practicum site to assess current legislative efforts to
improve the health status of members of the LGBT community (by April 30,
2015).
1) Use evidence-based practice to influence revision of current organization policies
with respect to LGBT healthcare practices.
2) Use evidence-based practice to influence law (policy) at the state and Federal levels.
Essential 3: Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
DNP graduates discover new knowledge based on evidence-based practice and research. They
use this information to improve patient-care practice on local, national and international levels
(AACN, 2006).

Goal #3: Identify practice gaps and work to fill those gaps with solutions based on existing and
newly generated knowledge.
Objectives:
1) Conduct pretest and post-test on nurse practitioners and physician assistants (JulyAugust, 2015) to identify patient needs (specific to the LGBT community) as part of
the nursing process; work to construct solutions to problems where feasible solutions
currently do not exist using evidence-based practice.
2) Collaborate with other healthcare providers (eg. physicians, advanced practice nurses
and physician assistants) to construct or revise solutions so feasible solutions exist.
Essential 4: Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the
improvement and transformation of health care.
DNP graduates are knowledgeable and well-prepared to implement and utilize information
systems and technologically-advanced equipment as part of the patient care process. They are
able to both practice and lead using this technology as well as teach other providers about the use
of such technology (AACN, 2006).
Goal 4: Utilize electronic medical records (EMR) to provide seamless patient care from one
healthcare provider to another.
Objectives:
1) Learn and practice using EMRs at the agencies in which I work so patient information
may be captured, stored and disseminated appropriately to consulting providers.
2) Educate other healthcare providers to assist them to be fluent in use of EMR systems
within the agency.
3) Assess functionality of EMR to better facilitate care of the LGBT patient
4) Explore possibility of integrating guidelines into EMR software to provide for better
clinical decision-making at point of care.
Essential 5: Health care policy for advocacy in health care.
DNP graduates are knowledgeable in public policy and are able to design new policy which
positively affects healthcare. They also advocate for passage of such policy (AACN, 2006).
Goal 5: Identify gaps in healthcare policy and advocate for passage of needed policy within
healthcare organizations.
Objectives:
1) Communicate needed healthcare policy with healthcare providers and administration
within healthcare organizations to better serve the LGBT patient population.
2) Advocate for passage (directly to lawmakers and indirectly to citizens) of needed
policies which have been introduced as bills.
Essential 6: Interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health
outcomes.

DNP graduates are academically prepared to communicate on a professional and clinical level
with other healthcare providers to coordinate care for the patient. DNP graduates both provide
direct patient care and serve in the capacity of healthcare team leader (AACN, 2006).
Goal 6: Collaborate with other healthcare providers to provide a comprehensive healthcare
experience for the patient so all the patients needs are met.
Objectives:
1) Communicate exam findings and patient history (when appropriate) with consulting
providers to facilitate coordination of care.
2) Participate in healthcare team meetings (when opportunity arises) to better coordinate
care and provide a comprehensive healthcare experience.
3) Meet with educators to better tailor educational offering to the needs of healthcare
providers within The Little Clinic (Ongoing).
Essential 7: Clinical prevention and population health for improving the Nations health.
DNP graduates use epidemiologic principles and communication skills to elucidate healthcare
needs and provide information for prevention and management of disease (AACN, 2006).
Goal 7: Improve the health of patients both individually and in aggregate by assessing health
status and knowledge gaps and by providing education and treatment as appropriate.
Objectives:
1) Provide assessments and health screenings for diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
2) Provide education for prevention of illness based on results of screenings (or for
management if illness is already present as well as treatment, when appropriate).
3) Provide education on medications and potential interactions in populations which
present less often and whose needs/potential for harm might be overlooked.
4) Educate providers on needs of LGBT community to better prevent opportunistic
infections (Pneumonia, influenza) (July, 2015).
Essential 8: Advanced nursing practice.
DNP graduates are educated in, and provide comprehensive and specialized assessments. DNP
graduates also use the nursing process to provide assessment and treatment to satisfy patients
healthcare needs on physical, psychosocial and emotional levels (AACN, 2006).
Goal 8: Utilize advance assessment and treatment knowledge to better identify patient needs
(physical, emotional and psychosocial) within the realm of healthcare.
Objectives:
1) Using advanced-practice academic preparation, provide assessment and treatment to
fulfill patients physical and psychosocial needs.
2) Utilize community resources to provide support for patient with respect to specific
illnesses (eg. HIV/AIDS support groups).
3) Collaborate with healthcare agencies for plan and training to better serve members of
the LGBT community with respect to their healthcare needs.

4) Provide preventative measures (education, immunizations) to patients who are


members of the LGBT community to improve health status and prognosis.
Evidenced by: increased number of immunizations given compared to prior
periods.
Reference:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2006). The essentials of doctoral education for
advanced nursing practice. Retrieved from
http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/DNPEssentials.pdf.

Goal/Essential

Objectives

Develop and implement


plan for DNP Capstone
Project

Completion of CITI
modules

Applicable essentials of
doctoral education

Formation of a Doctoral
committee

I-Scientific underpinnings for


practice

III- Organizational and


Systems Leadership for Quality
Improvement and Systems
Thinking

Submission of research
proposal
Application to NKU IRB
for approval of research
project

Consult with Burkhart


Center at NKU assist
with adoption of
assessment tool which
meets requirements for
rigor

Consult with Vanderbilt


University LGBTI
Advisory Group for

IV-Information
systems/technology and
patient care technology for the
improvement and
transformation of healthcare

VII-Clinical prevention and


population health

VIII-Advanced Nursing
Practice

Present educational
program for care of

Date to
accomplish
December, 2013

Com

April, 2014

Com

January 30, 2015

In p

February, 2015

In p

August, 2014

Com

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/
Transgender (LGBT)
healthcare providers
Applicable essentials of
doctoral education

information pertaining to
their LGBT educational
program for healthcare
providers

III- Organizational and


Systems Leadership for Quality
Improvement and Systems
Thinking

Summer, 2014

Coll

March, 2015

In p

March-April, 2015

Upc

April, 2016

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Collaborate with The


Little Clinic for
implementation of LGBT
training

V- Health Care Policy for


Advocacy in Health Care

VI- Interprofessional
collaboration for improving
patient and population health
outcomes

Conduct study to assess


healthcare provider
attitudes toward LGBT
patients (pre- and postassessments)
Applicable essentials of
doctoral education
I-Scientific underpinnings for
practice

V-Health care policy for


advocacy in health care

Disseminate findings and

Present poster at NKU

Write research article to


submit for publication

Speak at conferences
and healthcare agencies
to influence adoption

advocate for broad


adoption of LGBT training
for healthcare providers
Applicable essentials of
doctoral education
II-Organizational and systems
leadership for quality
improvement and systems
thinking

III-Clinical scholarship and


analytical methods for
evidence-based practice

IV-Information
systems/technology and
patient care technology for the
improvement and
transformation of healthcare

V- Health Care Policy for


Advocacy in Health Care

VIII-Advanced Nursing
Practice

culturally-competent
assessment and
treatment of members
of the LGBT community

March, 2016

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