This collection houses research projects completed by College of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students.

Due to copyright restrictions, the collection contains both open access and university access full DNPs. University access items are only available to SDSU users, and on-campus visitors.
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DNPs from 2022

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Impacting Nurse Comfort and Patient Care through Focused Education in Palliative and End of Life Care Symptom Management and Communication, Amanda Goblish

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The Implementation of Psychosocial Screening to Assess and Treat Distress in Hospitalized Oncology Patients, Allison Hatcher

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Implementation of a Mother’s Room in the Emergency Department, Dana Huether

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Mechanical Ventilation Didactic and Simulation Training: Improving Confidence and Competence in Rural Intensive Care Unit Nurses, Elizabeth Paul

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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Educational Program and Nursing Protocol: Nursing Knowledge and Perceptions, Ashley Regimbal

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A Nurse Empowerment Program’s Impact on Burnout and Turnover Reduction in the Emergency Department, Karli Sanyour

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Implementation of a Pharmacist-Led Medication Reconciliation Protocol for Post- Hospitalized Patients in a Rural Midwest Clinic, Mariah L. Suess

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Depression Reassessment in a Rural Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project, Rebecca Taffe

DNPs from 2021

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Vitamin D Deficiency Screening in Uninsured Midwestern Adults, Madison Alexander

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Combating Compassion Fatigue in Emergency Nurses: Deployment of a Peer Support Program, Laura Bjorgan

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The Impact of Telehealth on the Post-operative Patient Experience, Stephanie Bork

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Nurses Regarding Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception, Emily E. Boysen

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The Implementation of a Mock Code Simulation Guided by TeamSTEPPS® 2.0 Curriculum to Improve Team Performance and Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Teamwork During Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Arrest, Brooke Buum

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Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Chronic Back Pain, Nicholas G. Cain

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Effects of Telemedicine Led Trauma Simulation on Rural Healthcare Team’s Attitudes and Performance, Camille Christian

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Effect of The People Project on Well-being and Burnout in Mental Health and Addiction Services Staff, Maggie Christ

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Concussion Reporting Among Adolescent Student-Athletes, Thomas J. Davies

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Health at Every Size® (HAES®) for College Students, Kristin DeWeerd

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Mucositis and the Oral Assessment Guide, Logan Frank

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Implementation of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Techniques Guided by Sounds True© Online Mindfulness Course to Reduce Burnout in Oncology Nurses, Anna Gebhart

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Effect of a Focused Rounding Tool on Nurse Satisfaction of Interdisciplinary Rounds, Katie Greenlee

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Education on My Healthevet to Increase Access to Psychiatric Healthcare for Veterans, Roxann Hackbarth

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Effect of Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Annual Competency Assessment on Mistriage Rates, Stefanie Hoffman

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Antibiotic Stewardship: Increasing Nursing Education to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections, Kary Johnson

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Impact of Post-Hospital Discharge Follow-up Phone Calls on 30-day Readmission Rates, Sabina Kadariya

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Advance Care Planning: A Roadmap to a Good Death, Karen M. Knudsen

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Implementing a Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring and Education Program, Hillary Newborg

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Mindfulness Training in Emergency Department Nurses: Review of Literature, Amy Newstrom

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Early Detection of Type II Diabetes, Lea Niederbaumer

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Opioid Overdose Response Teaching to Staff in a Homeless Shelter, Hayley E. Rasmussen

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Effect of Yoga on Nurse Burnout, Marie Schone

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Implementation of a Nursing Intensity Tool on an Ambulatory Cardiovascular Unit, Laura Thomas

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The Effect of Interdisciplinary Rounding on the Perception of Communication, Lexi Tuholsky

DNPs from 2020

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Weighted Blankets: Impact on PRN Medication Use in the Inpatient Mental Health Setting Review of Literature, Catherine Andela-Ruth

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Protocol for Human Trafficking in the Emergency Department, Amy Clay

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Identifying Concerns in Maternal Mental Health: Utilizing an Algorithm as a Screening Guide, Nicole Cotton

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Improving Healthcare Activation after Hospital Discharge, Ruth Hernandez

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Implementing the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol Scale (CIWA-Ar), Brett A. Jahnke

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Implementation of a Depression Screening Protocol in a Rural Family Practice Clinic, Hannah Johnson

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Improving Adoption of Opioid Risk Mitigation Practices Review of Literature, Chelsea Jones

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Impact of Infection Control Education on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Procedural Staff, Elissa M. Karels

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Optimizing Family-Centered Care in the PICU, Leah Keune

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Assessment of Staff Comfort with Sexual Assault Examination after Implementation of TeleSANE Program, Samantha Konechne

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The Implementation of Mock Code Simulations Guided by TeamSTEPPS® 2.0 Curriculum to Improve Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Teamwork and Team Performance During Cardiac Arrest: Literature Review, Janelle Kriz

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Was That in An Email? An Electronic Tool to Improve Nursing Communication Satisfaction, Jennifer A. Morgan

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Decreasing Oncology Patient Stress Through Implementation of an Education Checklist: Literature Review, Lindsey Palmer

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In-school Influenza Vaccinations: A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Influenza Vaccination Availability in School-Aged Children in a Rural Community Review of Literature, Jodi Peterson

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Improving Emergency Nurses Perceived Comfort when Communicating with Patients and Families about Palliative or End-of-Life Care: Review of Literature, Abbie Styes

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Comprehensive Sex Education to Improve Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Knowledge Base and Decision Making in Adolescents, McKenzie Terfehr

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Implementation of SBAR tool in a Rural Hospital, Molly M. Tschetter

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Implementing Diabetic Clinical Practice Guidelines: A Practice Change in a Long-Term Care Setting, Angie Yates-Wycoff

DNPs from 2019

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Review of Literature to Investigate the Impact of Community Educational Sessions to Increase Knowledge and Readiness in Advance Care Planning in Rural Populations, Emily Baertsch

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Utilization of a High-Touch Surfaces Checklist to Improve Environmental Cleaning Practices of Staff in a Surgical Outpatient Department and Emergency Department: A Review of the Literature, Olivia J. Brown

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Utilizing a Decision Aid in Acute Inpatients to Increase Patient Satisfaction in Communication with the Provider, Elizabeth Fiedler

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Reducing Mistriage Rates in the Emergency Department through Emergency Severity Index Training, Amber Fischer

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Promoting Change in Vital Sign Assessment at Night to Impact Patient Perception of Sleep Quality in Hospitalized Patients with a Cardiac History Review of Literature, Jessica Koupal

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A Recruitment Plan to Telehealth Better Choices Better Health/Diabetes® to Native Americans with Type 2 Diabetes, Jani Christian Lerback

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Teach-Back for Improved Medication Education: Increasing Adherence, Jessica Reinking

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Decreasing Urine Contamination Rates in an Emergency Department, Zachary Schroer

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The use of Motivational Interviewing to Determine Smoking Cessation Readiness: Literature Review, Samantha Speed

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Sexual Function Screening in Adult Female Breast Cancer Survivors: Literature Review, Kendra C. Storm

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The Effect of Teach-Back Method in Post-PCI Patients: Review of Literature, Morgan Sundet

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The Effects of Early Laxative, Diet, and Exercise Education on Postpartum Constipation Prevention, Amber Thompson

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Implementing the Eat, Sleep, Console Approach for NAS Management: Review of Literature, Amber D. Tilberg

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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Tobacco Users with Serious Mental Illness at a Rural Community Mental Health Center: Literature Review, Pamila G. VanMeeteren

DNPs from 2018

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DNP Project: Implementation of Delirium Screening and Prevention Plan in a Rural Critical Access Hospital, Marley R. Braun

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Reducing Length of Stay in the Emergency Department Using the Emergency Severity Index Triage System, Angela Broughton

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Implementing a Screening Tool for Female Hereditary Cancer, Megan Burgard

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Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in a Midwestern Rural Emergency Department, Nakayla Burnham

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Effect of Personal Resilience™ Techniques on Perceived Stress, Anxiety, and Heart Rate Variability in Nursing Students, Jamie Busch

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Decreasing Length of Stay, 30-Day Readmissions, and Inpatient Falls In a Rural Critical Access Hospital, Michelle Crissinger

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Nurse Attitudes, Practices, and Occurrence of Kangaroo Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Christinia M. Cyrus

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Veterans and Pain: Taking Control with SMART Goals, Travis Erickson

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Preventive Dental Health among Medicaid Children, Kelsi Hamiel

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Transition to an Open Crib: A New Policy Implementation for Preterm Infants in a NICU, Tracy Hinrichs

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Pneumonia Readmission Assessment Tool Use on an Inpatient Unit, Mallory Hogan

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Sun Safety in Adolescents and Young Adults, Elizabeth Larson

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Improving Depression Identification in the Rural Primary Care Clinic with Standardized Screening, Jenna M. Long

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Daily Rounding Tool to Increase ICU Communication and Patient Plan of Care, Natasha Meyer

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Measuring the Effects of a Multimodal Hand Hygiene Intervention and the Impact on Registered Nurses’ Knowledge and Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Acute Hospital Setting, Megan Moeding

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Comparison of Time to Antibiotics, Time to Fluids, and Compliance with Serum Lactate Measurement Before and After Implementation of a Sepsis Protocol, Sarah Myers

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Visual Communication and Patient Comprehension of the Plan of Care in the Emergency Department, Andrea Neugebauer

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Increasing Rural Nurses’ Knowledge and Comfort in Palliative Care, Brandi D. Pravecek

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Whiteboard Implementation in the Emergency Department, Gabrille Price

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The Effects of a Workplace Violence Incident Report Process in an Emergency Department, Charles X. Pugsley

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Improving Diagnosis and Interventions for Overweight and Obese Pediatric Patients, Jennifer M. Risse

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Think Donation: An Education Initiative, Kristin Rokusek

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Depression and Anxiety Screening in Cystic Fibrosis, Jennifer Rounds

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Assessment of Rural EMTs’ Awareness and Triage Practices of Older Adults Who Fall, Tressa Sattler

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Improving End of Life Communication: Rural Staff Nurse Education, Rebekah Storm

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Hand Hygiene and Infection Prevention Education for Basic-Emergency Medical Service Providers, Rebecca A. Thorston

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Nursing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Pain: The Impact of an Educational Intervention, Brittany Underberg

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The Utilization of Fitness Tracking Applications to Promote Increased Physical Activity and Weight Loss, Amanda Younie

DNPs from 2017

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Implementation of a Survivorship Care Plan within the Oncology Department of a Midwestern Hospital that Serves Both Urban and Rural Veteran Population., Michelle L. Abraham

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The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Rural-dwelling Preoperative Patient Anxiety, Kathryn A. Adams

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Injury Prevention Program Implementation in High School Girls’ Basketball in a Midwest Frontier School, Keena Boyd-Moro

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Text Message Reminders and Parental Education for Parental Acceptance of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Series in a Rural Pediatric Clinic, Katy J. Caffee

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Motivational Interviewing as a Way to Help Rural South Dakota Patients Who Smoke, Andrew Arnold Davies

Impact of Self-Management Education on Quality of Life Among Adults with Chronic Pain, Abigail Gramlick-Mueller

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Patient Education about Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Infection, Natasha Gray