Members of the inaugural graduating class of the Florida Southern College Doctor of Nursing Practice program presented their capstone scholarly project posters in the Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building, on August 11, 2021. The seven-member cohort completed four community- and practice-based health care improvement projects. Dissemination of these projects at Florida Southern College and at the project host site is a requirement for the degree.
As part of the curriculum, DNP students are required to select a real-world health issue, examine current literature, and implement evidence-based interventions to improve population health and health care delivery. Under the guidance of Dr. Melanie Michael, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program, and Dr. Tracy Magee, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nursing, the final DNP scholarly projects represent the culmination of the six-semester program. “I feel a sense of joy and pride, that our students were able to accomplish this,” said Dr. Michael, who began working with the Florida Southern College DNP students in 2019. “These students have faced unprecedented challenges over the past 18 months, including the COVID 19 pandemic. Their dedication and perseverance in this environment are commendable.”
The seven-member cohort were hooded on August 24, 2021.