DNP Project Ideas

The School of Nursing works in partnership with our communities to investigate possible improvements to our health care system.

Our Doctor of Nursing Practice students partner with you to  improve these systems and evaluate how these system improvements impact the patients and communities.

We are excited  to explore with you what would be required to make these quality improvement projects a reality.

Please submit your ideas for quality improvement projects

Enter your project idea

Some examples of projects include:

  • Patient Fall Prevention Education In a Small Rural Community Hospital
  • Implementing a Pediatric Rapid Response Team through Interprofessional Partnership
  • Interprofessional Team Huddles to Improve Quality and Collaboration in Obesity Care of Adults

University of Minnesota School of Nursing has defined the DNP project as:

  • Student identification of a systems based, quality improvement problem in health care
  • Implementation of an evidence-based solution to address the problem
  • Evaluation of process and outcome objectives of the project
  • Completion of a paper that describes the project and outcomes.

The DNP project needs to include:

  • The DNP Project should include planning, implementation, and evaluation components to focus on a change that impacts healthcare outcomes either through direct or indirect care
  • The DNP project must include an evaluation of processes and/or outcomes 
  • DNP Projects should be designed so that processes and/or outcomes will be evaluated to guide practice and policy.

The Community partner will: 

  • Serve as this student’s DNP project site partner/facilitator and will assist the student in completing the project at their site
  • Support the student to gain project approval and implementation support at the project site
  • Assist with the site based human subjects protection process
  • Set realistic project objectives - goals
  • Provide feedback to the student and DNP adviser as needed

Typically project work lasts 3 contiguous semesters (or one year) and start every January or September