If your agency has potential projects for students in the Seattle Pacific University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, you may submit your ideas through our Potential Collaborative Project form any time.
We will contact you by email if we have any clarifying questions or if a student is matched with your project. Please contact the DNP Scholarly Project Coordinator with any questions.
Description of Project
All students in the SPU Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are required to complete a DNP Scholarly Project in collaboration with a healthcare agency as a degree requirement. The student will assess a problem, develop a plan with the agency, then implement the project, evaluate the process, and disseminate their findings with consideration of sustainability.
Types of Scholarly Projects:
Suitable projects are evidence based and arise from needs of the agency or system meaning the nature of scholarly projects will vary. Projects are related to advanced practice in the nursing specialty and benefit a group, population, or community rather than an individual patient.
Projects may include:
A shared feature of these examples is the use of evidence and systems leadership to improve healthcare outcomes, whether at the practice, patient population, or health system level.The projects involve collaboration, assessment of need, implementation, cost analysis as applicable, evaluation of outcomes, and recommendations for policy change and sustainability.
The students need to complete the project within 6 months from start of the implementation phase, so the specific aspect of the student’s project must be limited in scope. Some projects may be new initiatives or focus on on-going processes. We anticipate that several students could potentially work on different aspects of one project, if appropriate, or future students can continue to work on next steps in the practice change process.
Also called "project deliverables".
Projects for implementation in the 2022-2023 year should be submitted no later than May 22, 2022. However we welcome your ideas at any time and we will work with you to match future students with suitable projects.
Receiving project ideas from agencies early in the project cycle gives students general topic areas that they can then begin to research and build their knowledge base. As students investigate these practice questions they begin to evaluate and translate evidence and consider specific quality improvement processes for identified practice settings, systems, or with specific populations to improve health or health outcomes. The students can potentially share this information with you in preparation for the planning and implementation of the project.
The agency will appoint a staff member to be a mentor for the student working on the project. The mentor will meet periodically with the student to ensure the project is progressing in the direction desired by the agency and guide the student throughout the project. The mentor will also guide the student through the agency IRB application if deemed appropriate.
The agency is asked to sign a DNP Scholarly Project Agreement with the student and Seattle Pacific University after the proposal is developed and prior to the project implementation.
Graduate Nursing Program Responsibility
Seattle Pacific University faculty supervise the student throughout the DNP project. Faculty will meet with the student on a regular basis to guide the student throughout the preparation and implementation of the DNP project. The faculty will collaborate and seek input from the agency as needed.