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Linking Process Improvement with DNP Projects: Strategies to Advance Clinical Leadership Initiatives

      Nurse leaders are positioned to play a pivotal role in creating opportunities for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects. A formal process was established at one university school of nursing to match more than 50 DNP students with projects identified by several organizational nurse leaders. The initiative has benefited organizations through the improvement of expanded or extended practice improvement projects and DNP students who have the opportunity to collaborate with leadership and interprofessional teams. This article highlights key strategies for nurse leaders to identify DNP project opportunities to advance clinical practice improvement and leadership initiatives.
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      Biography

      Ty Williams, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CNE, is Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee. Karen Hande, PhD(c), DNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, ANEF is Assistant Director DNP Program and Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee. Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, is Associate Dean for Clinical Scholarship at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee. She can be reached at [email protected] .