DNP Program Faculty and Graduates' Knowledge and Use of QI and Safety Processes
Background: Across doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs, wide variation exists for DNP projectexpectations and curricular integration of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competencies.
Purpose: This study examined DNP project characteristics and compared knowledge, skills, and attitudes about quality improvement (QI) processes between DNP program faculty and graduates.
Methods: This descriptive study used a national convenience sample of DNP program faculty and graduates from multiple settings (N = 147) who completed an electronic survey of a modified version of the Quality ImprovementKnowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Survey.
Results: Most DNP projects were QI/practice improvement (85.5%) and required interprofessional collaboration (65%) and implementation of a practice change (55.8%) with evaluation (65.5%). DNP program faculty (n = 73) and graduates (n = 30) had no significant differences in QI knowledge or skills; faculty reported less confidence in their knowledge (P = .002) and skills (P = .007) than graduates.
Conclusions: Faculty development efforts to improve QI knowledge and skills for DNP program faculty are needed.
Tovar, E., Ossege, J., Farus-Brown, S., Zonsius, M., & Morrow, L. (2019). DNP program faculty and graduates' knowledge and use of QI and safety processes. Nurse Educator. Doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000677 [Epub ahead of print]