A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master’s degree created to prepare registered nurses for the highest level of professional nursing practice. One way Chamberlain prepares DNP graduates is by providing hands-on, real world, experience through their DNP project & practicum. The DNP project & practicum provides students the opportunity to implement an evidence-based practice change in a healthcare facility. As exciting and rewarding as developing your DNP project & practicum can be, we also know that it may be overwhelming, which is why Chamberlain offers many resources to help you succeed. We recently chatted with Dr. LaKesha Wyse, assistant dean of faculty, DNP, to share five best tips for success:
1. Attend a DNP open coaching session: In order to complete a successful DNP project & practicum, you must first learn the process and expectations. Chamberlain’s DNP open coaching sessions are designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed up front, to help you understand the process and specifications for the project. They are offered multiple dates every session so be sure to sign up for one that fits your schedule.
2. Take advantage of course time: The DNP project & practicum spans across four of Chamberlain’s practicum courses (NR702, NR705, NR707 and NR709) that each focus on a different element. Leverage these courses by taking an active role in the curriculum and connecting with faculty and peers often through the online learning platform, canvas, and discussion boards.
3. Utilize writing resources: As a DNP student you have access to a platform called Student Success Strategies through Canvas that provides a one stop shop for many academic resources, one of which is scholarly writing tips. There are also resources available at no cost, such as Tutor.com and Grammarly.
4. Review your work often: To avoid errors and make sure you’re on the right track, review your work often. Don’t wait until the very end to review and update your project proposal. Make updates throughout the process by requesting and incorporating the feedback you receive from faculty. Another easy way to find errors while reviewing is by reading it out loud or having a second set of eyes look it over.
5. Keep your purpose in mind: While you’re going through the motions of putting together this important academic project, you might have moments of frustration or stress, but always remember to focus on your purpose. You’ve chosen the path to earn your DNP because you’re passionate about healthcare and making a difference. If you target what really matters to you, it will help re-center you and shift your focus from stress to creating your best DNP project & practicum.
Have questions or need assistance with your DNP project & practicum? Reach out to your faculty to find out when the next DNP project webinar is scheduled. Thinking of getting your DNP? Learn more about Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program.
By Sunita Rao-Fogt
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