Nursing Practice D.N.P. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a terminal professional practice degree. The goal of the collaborative University of Nevada at Reno and University of Nevada Las Vegas DNP program is to prepare nurses at the highest level of clinical practice knowledge to assume leadership roles in clinical practice, administration, clinical teaching, and clinical research. Within the next 10 to 15 years, many states, including Nevada, will see a significant shift in population demographics, including more people over the age of 65 and an increase in the numbers and intensity of chronic health care problems, and our current models of health care delivery will not meet our future needs. Advanced practice nurses prepared at the DNP level will be necessary to meet our changing and future health care demands.

Program Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate progress toward completing the DNP program and its student learning outcomes between the first and second year.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students will complete the first three semesters' courses with a grade of B or higher.
  • Students will complete a program of study with their faculty advisor.
  • Students will identify their DNP Project topics and Members of their Project Committees.
  • Students will present and satisfactorily complete their DNP Project proposals prior to the fall semester of the second year of enrollment if attending full-time. Part-time students will complete the proposal prior to the end of the spring semester of their second year.
  • Approved proposals with Faculty Committee signatures will be filed.
Assessment Method
  • The DNP Coordinator will review student transcripts and assess academic progress reports.
  • The DNP Coordinator will review each program of study with the student and her/his advisor.
  • The DNP Coordinator will review all students' Project topics at the end of the first spring semester.
  • Students' Project Committees will review Project Proposals for evidence of completion based upon the DNP Project Proposal rubric.
  • The DNP Coordinator will maintain a record of Approved proposals.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to provide advanced nursing care to improve patient and population health care outcomes in various direct and indirect settings.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Completion of NURS765 Residency and NURS792 Outcomes Management and Performance Improvement in Nursing
  • Graduates' professional performance.
  • For advanced practice track: Completion of NURS778 GIS for Health
Assessment Method
  • Grade of B or higher for NURS765 and 792.Course and teaching effectiveness evaluations at the end of the semester.
  • Surveys of graduates and their employers 1, 3, and 5 years post graduation.
  • Grade of B or higher in N URS778.Course and teaching effectiveness evaluations at the end of the semester.

2. Students will be able to take leadership roles in the analysis, delivery and management of nursing care and health care systems.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Completion of NURS786, 787, 788 DNP Project courses
  • Completion of NURS772 The Nurse as Leader
  • For Nurse Executive Track: Completion of NURS763 Management Strategies for Nursing and Healthcare Systems
Assessment Method
  • Grade of B or higher for NURS786,787,and 788.Course and teaching effectiveness surveys at the end of the semester.
  • Grade of B or higher. End of semester course and teaching effectiveness evaluations.
  • Grade of B or higher in NURS763 End of semester course and teaching effectiveness evaluations.

3. Students will be able to provide evidence-based practice through the application of analytical methods, information systems technology, and clinical research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Completion of NURS745 Health Information Systems & Technology, NURS725 Scientific Underpinnings of the DNP, and NURS729 Translational Evidence for Healthcare Systems
  • Graduates' work performance
Assessment Method
  • Grade of B or higher in NURS725, 745, and 729. End of semester course and teaching effectiveness evaluations.
  • Surveys of graduates and employers 1, 3, and 5 years post graduation.

4. Students will be able to collaborate with inter-professional teams to meet the health care needs of culturally and ethnically diverse individuals and populations.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Successful completion of NURS767 Collaboration, Communication, and Negotiation of the Nurse Leader
  • Graduates' work performance.
Assessment Method
  • Grade of B or higher in NURS767. End of semester course and teacher effectiveness evaluations
  • Surveys of graduates and employers 1, 3, and 5 years post graduation.

5. Students will be able to act as change agents, leaders and advocate in the design, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare policy as it affects populations and the nursing profession.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Completion of the Residency NURS765
  • Graduates' work performance
  • Completion of NURS719 Health & Public Policy, NURS732 Healthcare Economics and NURS768 DNP Forum and Role Transformation
Assessment Method
  • Grade of B or higher for NURS765 and 792.Course and teaching effectiveness evaluations at the end of semester.
  • Survey of graduates 1, 3, and 5 years post graduation.
  • Grade of B or higher in NURS732 and NURS719.End of semester course and teaching effectiveness course and teaching effectiveness evaluations.