The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Post Masters MSN to DNP degree is a practice-focused doctorate designed for expert advanced practice nurses and nurse executives. This is a collection of dissertations written by Otterbein University DNP students.

Most theses and dissertations completed after 2014 are included in Digital Commons @ Otterbein. Search the Library catalog to locate theses and dissertations completed prior to 2014.

Note to Otterbein Alumni: If you completed a thesis or dissertation as part of your graduate coursework at Otterbein University and would like us to add it to Digital Commons @ Otterbein, please email library@otterbein.edu.

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Doctoral Scholarly Projects from 2017

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Succession Planning and the Identification of Future Perioperative Leaders: A Mixed Methods Study, Donna J. Doyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, DNP, Nursing

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Communication Strategies for the School Nurse Mentor: A pilot training program, Amy Hotler DNP, RN, LSN, APHN-BC, DNP, Nursing

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Poster: Communication strategies for the school nurse mentor: A pilot training program, Amy Hotler DNP, RN, LSN, APHN-BC, DNP, Nursing

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Nasal Spray Can Save Lives: Engaging Emergency Department Nurses in the Provision of Naloxone Nasal Spray to High Risk Patients, Paula Kobelt, DNP, Nursing

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Innovative Access to Integrative Health Education for Advanced Practice Nurse: A Pilot Project, Melinda McGaughy, DNP, Nursing

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Staff Nurse Perception of Professional Role Modeling for Student Nurses in the Clinical Learning Environment, Tamara Montgomery, DNP, Nursing

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Prevention of Overuse Injuries in High School Athletes, Edna H. Wright, DNP, Nursing

Doctoral Scholarly Projects from 2016

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Implementation Of An Educational Session to Improve Compliance Of Reporting Medication Errors And Near Misses Among Anesthesia Providers, Kacy C. Ballard 3679424, DNP, Nursing

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Correlation of Health Related Quality of Life and Health Literacy Levels in Patients with Heart Failure, Deana J. Batross, DNP, Nursing

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Enhancing Interest and Knowledge of How to Start a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, Kami S. Campbell, DNP, Nursing

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Factors Influencing Participation in Screening Mammography Among Rural Women, Kelly Colliver, DNP, Nursing

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Nursing Perception of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Spells: Improving Patient Outcomes, Amanda J. Cramer, DNP, Nursing

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Assessment of Air Force Providers’ Adherence to Overweight and Obesity Guidelines, Dale Harrell, DNP, Nursing

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Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in a Rural Health Clinic through Practice Change, Kirsten S. Johanson, DNP, Nursing

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Improving healthcare provider knowledge in acute and primary transgender health needs: The implementation of a clinical education program with urgent care and emergency room staff and providers, Tonia Lower, DNP, Nursing

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The Nurse Executive Role in Implementing Evidence Based Practice (EBP) at the Point of Care, Kimberly Ann Malcolm Mrs., DNP, Nursing

Doctoral Scholarly Projects from 2015

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The Contemporary Use of Nurse Practitioners in U.S. Emergency Departments, Jeffrey L. Bevan, DNP, Nursing

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Advocacy: A Vital Step in Attaining Full Practice Authority for the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Mandi Cafasso, DNP, Nursing

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Development of a Personalized Education Program Based on an Assessment of Knowledge of Coronary Heart Disease and Risk Factors in a Filipino-American Community in New York City, Mervin David, DNP, Nursing

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An Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction with Telephone Follow-up in an Urgent Care, Audia L. Ellis, DNP, Nursing

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ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES KNOWLEDGE AND USE OF FALL PREVENTION GUIDELINES, Katherine Hays, DNP, Nursing

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Promoting Oral Health Knowledge in African American College Students, Terri Huff-Simmons, DNP, Nursing

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Diabetes Distress: Transforming a Practice, Goff M. Jeannie, DNP, Nursing

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Improving Vaccination Compliance among Amish Children in Knox County, Ohio, Laura J. Segraves, DNP, Nursing

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Implementation of Educational Program for Nurses to Improve Knowledge and Use of Discharge Planning Best Practices, Eric C. Snyder, DNP, Nursing

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Improving Patient Satisfaction after Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty Using Nurse Practitioner-Driven Preoperative Education, Jennifer A. White, DNP, Nursing

Doctoral Scholarly Projects from 2014

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Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment of Pediatric Obesity in the Ambulatory Care Setting, Susan Farrus-Brown, DNP, Nursing

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Assessment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury By Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Mary Lou Garey, DNP, Nursing

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Paramedic Students' Perceived Self-Efficacy at Airway Management, Holly Herron, DNP, Nursing

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Attitudes and Beliefs of Registered Nurses About the Process of Changing to an Electronic Medical Record in a Community Hospital: A Mixed Method Investigation, Roberta Jo Myers, DNP, Nursing