As a student in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, the online Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program with a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) major is designed to prepare registered nurses for leadership positions as advanced practice neonatal nurse practitioners. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of neonatal nursing, research utilization, critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, patient management, program planning, and systems management.
Two online program study options: BSN to DNP with a major in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner or Post Master’s DNP practice degree for the NNP, a study option that allows nurses who have completed an advanced nursing degree to obtain a doctorate of nursing practice
Variety of clinical experience designed to provide students with hands-on, real-life experience as an advanced practice neonatal nurse, plus international DNP project and mission opportunities
Curriculum emphasizes advanced nursing care of newborns and infants from birth through the first two years of life
DNP Program Outcomes
In congruence with The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice (AACN, 2006), the LHSON DNP Program outcomes are as follows:
Synthesize scientific evidence and methods to design, direct, and evaluate strategies to promote effective patient-centered care. Essential I: Scientific Underpinnings for Practice Essential III: Clinical Scholarship and Analytical Methods for Evidence-Based Practice
Incorporate leadership skills and interprofessional team building strategies to improve quality metrics within health care systems, organizations, and diverse practice settings. Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Improvement and Systems Thinking
Employ information systems and technology in the delivery of transformative health care. Essential IV: Information Systems/Technology and Patient Care Technology for the Improvement and Transformation of Health Care
Advocate for evidence-based health policy to improve local, national, and/or global patient and health population outcomes. Essential V: Health Care Policy for Advocacy in Health Care
Utilize effective interprofessional communication and collaborative skills to facilitate improvement in population health Essential VI: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and systems thinking in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based carefor clinical prevention and population health. Essential VII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving the Nation’s Health Essential VIII: Advanced Nursing Practice
(Approved Graduate Studies Committee 5/11/2016)
Upon successful completion of the online course of study, BSN to DNP graduates will be eligible to sit for the NNP certification examination offered by the National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing Specialties (NCC). The program of study conforms to the educational guidelines for the state of Texas, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF).