Many who enter the healthcare field do so not only wanting to serve others but also to be a leader in improving quality of care as a provider and clinician. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which is the highest degree for clinical nursing practice, helps prepare for this level of expertise. Simply put, the DNP is designed for registered nurses who want to take their nursing career, leadership skills, and clinical expertise to the next level.
“I decided to pursue a doctorate in nursing practice at Frontier due to its strong reputation, online format, and faculty expertise,” Dr. Kimberly Jones-Beatty, FNU DNP alumni, said. “FNU’s DNP curriculum provides instruction on leading quality improvement in the clinical setting, as well as exposure to evidence-based practice, health policy and advocacy, and system/ organizational leadership.”
FNU’s DNP program helps students advance their skills as well as develop as leaders, researchers, and innovators. The DNP Program draws on the clinical expertise of the faculty and students to prepare nurses at the highest clinical level to use their knowledge and clinical expertise to impact the health care of not only the individual but also the health care of the community, the region, and the nation.
“The DNP program is pushing me to become a better leader,” Dr. Kamil El, FNU DNP alumni, said. “I’m used to staying in the background and putting my head down, but I’m being challenged to engage more on a political stage and with stakeholders in my community to make sure my patients get the kind of care they deserve.”
FNU’s DNP curriculum provides education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership; building on knowledge already acquired. As part of the curriculum, DNP students complete a Quality Improvement Project, generally in the hospital or clinic where they are currently working. This allows the student to tailor their project to their practice and the patient population which it serves.
Below, listen to FNU DNP alumni explain why they chose FNU and the importance of the DNP.
If you have any questions about our online DNP program, please fill out the form on our website. In the meantime, you can watch our FNU DNP Q&A sessions on our Youtube channel.