Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects

 
The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest level. This professional nursing preparation will include advanced coursework in leadership, research translation, and clinical knowledge and skills. The DNP program is a distance accessible program offered through Continuing and Professional Education.

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Submissions from 2018

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Using a Professional Language Interpreter During Discharge to Promote Self-Care Management for Spanish-Speaking Patients With Congestive Heart Failure: A Quality Improvement Project, Lucy Ankrah

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Medication Reconciliation in an Ambulatory Care Community Mental Health Practice, Matthew Bock

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Pediatric Primary Care Providers and Postpartum Depression: Educating Providers About the Importance of Regular Screening, Referrals and Follow-up, Tara Boyd

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Hypertensive Management for African American Patients, Aleksandrya Bracey-Asiedu

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Hepatitis C Virus Education for Nurse Practitioners in Primary Care, Michele Broskey

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Improving Patient Discharge Satisfaction Scores by Implementing Teach-Back Instructions in a Community Hospital Emergency Department (ED): A Quality Improvement Project, Kristen Burke

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Stop the Stigma! Eliminating Implicit and Explicit Bias Toward Adult Obese Women Receiving Gynecological Care: A Quality Improvement Project to Cultivate Empathy and Increase Knowledge of Best Practices, Mary Ellen Burke

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Implementation of the State Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) Initiative in a NP-led Transitional-Care Program to Reduce Readmission Rates and to Provide Safe Transitional Care in Post-Cardiac Surgery Patients:A Quality Improvement Project, ARACELI CARRERA

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Managing Patients at High-risk for Breast Cancer: An eLearning Module for Primary Care Providers, Erin Chaney

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Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Insomnia in Adults, Alexandra Christodoulou

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Care Team Utilization of the GINA Guidelines to Improve Quality of Pediatric Asthma Care, Brandy Cloud 3394054

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Educating Health Care Professionals to Improve Communication in Advance Care Planning, Laura E. Clubb

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Community-Based Tuberculosis Education For Filipino Americans in New York City: A Research Translation Project, Eileen Damante

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Alzheimer’s Dementia Screening in Primary Care: Quality Improvement Project to Identify Those at Risk, Kirstin Drake

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Evidence-Based Interventions: Improving Influenza Vaccination Rate Among Health Care Workers (HCWs) Targeting Direct Care-Givers, Jennelyn Fraser-Johnson

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Best Practice Medication Reconciliation in the Outpatient Setting, Meghan J. Hession

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Development and Evaluation of an Emergency Department-Based Nurse Practitioner Care Delivery Model, Tiesha Johnson

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Screening for Major Depression in Elderly Primary Care Patients Using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2), Judith Karimi

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Introducing Screening for Family Risks in Young Children in Primary Care, Sarah Kells

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Reducing Delays in Sexually Transmitted Infections(STI) Treatment: A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Timely Communication Among Providers and Patients, Kattie Khadar

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Adolescent Depression Prevention Toolkit, Avesta M. Khursand

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Improving Awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder in Primary Care, Michael McCloskey

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Increasing Annual Influenza Vaccination Rates through Primary Prevention Strategies Among Health Care Workers in a Psychiatric Long-term Care Facility: An Evidence-based Approach, Kathleen Miller

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Shared Medical Appointments: An Intervention for Diabetes Management, Cheri Monette

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Screening Adults with Substance Use Disorder for Adverse Childhood Experiences, Teri Murtha

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A Quality Improvement (QI) Project to Reduce Emergency Department (ED) Readmissions Among Patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Through Utilization of Interpretive Services by Healthcare Providers, Christine Ndissi

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Measuring the Impact: A RE-AIM Framework for Evaluation of a Needle Exchange Program, Lindsay Novacek

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Critical Choices Conversation Pilot Project, Lorena Paul

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Increasing Provider Competency: A Quality Improvement Project Applying Best Practice Protocol for Contraception Counseling and LARC Insertion to Females of Reproductive Age in Primary Care, Logan Pearl

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A Toolkit to Assist Massachusetts School Nurses Start Elementary School Substance Use Prevention Education Programs, Caitlin Pettengill

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Improving Patients' Understanding of their Electronic Medical Record Data in Order to Improve Self-Management - A Quality Improvement Project, Erin Amelia Roth

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A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Screening in Asian Americans Using Body Mass Index Cut Point of 23, Annie Samuel

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A Quality Improvement Project for Co-occurring Disorders in Outpatient Behavioral Health, Erin Sheehan

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Screening for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) in Veterans: A Quality Improvement Project to Change the Identification and Referral Process in Primary Care Providers., Chiara Simonini

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Reducing Readmissions in Bipolar Patients with Discharge Interventions, Alexandra Steeves

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Improving Blood Pressure Control Among Hispanic Patient Population by Enhancing Providers' Attention to Culturally Competent Solutions Aimed at Increasing Self-Care and Treatment Adherence At and Post Hospital Discharge: A Quality Improvement Project, Katarzyna Swistak

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Center Based Help for Elder Depression and Emotional Reinforcement (CHEER), Jennifer Taylor

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Early screening for Alzheimer's disease in Persons of the African Diaspora, Olive Watson

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Provider Education: Palliative Care Scope of Practice & Communication Techniques, Gretchen York

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The Implementation of Mindfulness Training with Nursing Students to Decrease Stress and Improve Attentiveness and Awareness, Margaret Young

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Identify Adolescent Opioid Users and Provide Brief Multi-Contact Counseling: A Pilot Quality Improvement Project Guided by Prochaska’s Behavioral Change Model, Stephen Zombil

Submissions from 2017

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Adverse Childhood Screening Among Adult Primary Care Patients, Elizabeth Aponté

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Effect of Provider Education on Pulmonary Rehabilitation Referrals and Discussions with Patients, Shannon Barry

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Nurse-Run Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening Clinics on a University Campus, Ann Becker

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Motivational Interviewing, and Healthy Eating Intervention with Low Income Diabetic Patients, Cornelius Bela

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Improving Overall Health Outcomes through Public Health Workforce Development, Zienna Blackwell

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An Evaluation Of An Assisted Living Facility: Satisfaction, Access to Care, and Issues with Cost, Ryan Brogan

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Identification and PTSD Screening of Military Veteran Patients in Community Healthcare: A Quality Improvement Project, Caitlin Rose Budrewicz

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Evaluating Health-Related Quality of Life for People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Quality Improvement Project to Promote Peer Support, Nicole Caron

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Primary Care Provider Adherence to the Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guideline for Chronic Kidney Disease, Dawn O. Chubbs Ms.

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An Educational Toolkit to Promote Lung Cancer Screening in Primary Care, Courtney Cloonan

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Intimate Partner Violence Screening, Elsa DeHart

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Integrative Review for Identifying Patients Appropriate for End-of-Life Care Interventions by, Melissa Ellis

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An Educational Intervention to Alleviate the Effects of Burden of Chronic Illness Care: Presentation of a Caregiver Toolkit to Increase Awareness Among Primary Care Providers and Family Caregivers, Ashley Fuller

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Fluoride Varnish Application in the Pediatric Population, Ellen Gnaedinger

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An Evaluation of the Feasibility of Implementing the National Institute of Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey in Pediatric Primary Care, Candice Greene

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An Integrative Review with Toolkit for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, Lea Grippin

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Caring for the adult with intellectual disabilities in the acute care setting, Donna Harmon

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Weight Management in Primary Care, Sarah Helpa

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Oral Sex and HSV-1 Knowledge Among College Freshmen Females, Karen Hendry

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Hypertension: Enhancing Lifestyle Management Through Patient Education and Pender’s Health Promotion Model, Katherine Holcomb

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Improving Latino Diabetes Patients' Physiologic Measurements Utilizing Culturally Competent Interventions, Christine Hoogasian

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Increasing Exercise for patients with Diabetes using a mobile app – A Quality Improvement Project, Jill Jolin

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Effectiveness of Educating Parents of Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) on Children’s Behavioral Issues and the Stress Experienced by Parents: An Integrative Review, Vivaksha Khanduri

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Increasing Practitioner Awareness of Racial Variations in Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations in African Americans, Andrea King

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Improving Mobility for Older Adults in the Acute Rehabilitation Setting, Joan E. Kucienski

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The Negative Impact of Excessive Screen Time on Language Development in Children Under 6-Years-Old: An Integrative Review with Screen Time Reduction Toolkit and Presentation for Outpatient Pediatric and Family Health Providers, Cristina Kuta

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Educational Intervention for Health Care Providers Prescribing Opioids for Individuals with Chronic Pain, Sonya Lachance

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Treatment in a Rural Clinic of the Opioid Overdose, Geraldine Lau

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Enhancing Nursing Communication with Patients about HPV and HPV-Vaccination, Elizabeth Love

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Decreasing Hyperglycemia and Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Adolescents on the Insulin Pump: A Quality Improvement Project, Jane Macharia

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Delivering Culturally Competent Care to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Population, Evan M. McEwing

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Cultural and Health Literacy Assessment of the Hispanic/Latino Patient Population: Presentation of a Cultural Competence Toolkit for Acute Care Nurses, Patricia Moore

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Education and Mindfulness in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, Terri Morris

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Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy among Older Adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Long-Term Care, Scholastica Nwadiugwu

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Refugee Health Education: “Learn to Succeed. Together We Build Our Community.”, Maria Theresa P. Panizales

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Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Reducing Stress in Nursing Students: An Integrative Review and Toolkit, Donna J. Petko

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The Impact of Spinal Manipulation Therapy (SMT) for Nonspecific Low Back Pain in the Military Population: An Integrative Review with Presentation of the SMT Toolkit to Primary Care Providers, Kelsey Ress

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Nurse Practitioner Screening for Adverse Childhood Outcomes in Adult Primary Care, Mary B. Shafer

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An Evaluation of the use of Antibiotics in Children with Otitis Media using Evidence Based Guidelines, Jose Silva

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Advanced Directives in Primary Care, Kathryn Sondrini

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A Friendly Adolescent Care Environment for Utilization of a Pregnancy Prevention Program (FACE-UP): Providing Pregnancy Prevention Strategies for At-Risk Youth, Ashley Turner

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Improving Pertussis Education for Postpartum Women and their Family Members, Marlene Unisa

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Intervention for Increasing Advance Directive Documentation in the Primary Care Setting by Placing a Flag in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Linda Wilson

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Intervention for Increasing Advance Directive Documentation in the Primary Care Setting by Placing a Flag in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Linda Wilson

Submissions from 2016

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Improving Adherence to Antihypertensive Medications Among Somali Patients in a Primary Care Clinic, Nimo S. Abdi

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A Project to Improve Nurses’ Knowledge of, and Attitudes Towards, Pain Management at End of Life, Sonja Alexander

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Higher Fat Low Carbohydrate Diet to Improve Health Related Quality of Life for Overweight or Obese Diabetics in a Primary Care Clinic, Breck Baker

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A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Pediatric Body Mass Index Screening, Kris Brown

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No Place for Distress: Implementing a Simple Tool to Screen and Address Distress Symptoms in an Adult Outpatient Cancer Center, Ramona E. Chase

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Management of Adolescent Depression in the Primary Care Setting: An Educational Program for Providers, Kelly Clow

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Improving the Detection and Management of Hypertension in Adults in the Primary Care Setting: A Quality Improvement Project Based on the Chronic Care Model using Blood Pressure Monitoring and Clinical Practice Guidelines, Michelle A. Cutler

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Nutrition & Physical Activity Newsletters, Dianne Dwyer

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Mitigating Caregiver Burden, Dorothea S. Frederick

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Use of the Geriatric Depression Scale to Improve Screening, Identification and Intervention for Depression Among Older Adults in the Primary Care Setting, Christina Glorighian

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Nanotechnology: An Educational Program for Nurses, Patricia Goyette

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Quality Improvement Project to Enhance Provider Awareness and Use of the Coping Strategies Questionnaire (CSQ) to Assess Patients' Level of Coping with Chronic Pain, Aloha D. Hand

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Acute Chest Pain Triage and Management Guideline Effects on Patient Safety and Physiological Outcomes in a Primary Care Office Setting, Michael D. Hibbs Mr.

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Obesity Group Medical Visits, Brenda L. Jaeger

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Moving Beyond the Ask: Improving Tobacco Cessation Intervention Delivery in Primary Care, Joan D. Johnston