Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Present Capstone Projects

Aug 9, 2022

The second cohort in Florida Southern’s nascent Doctor of Nursing Practice program took their final steps before receiving their degrees on August 4, presenting their capstone projects. The seven-member class presented their project poster presentations in the Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building, showcasing their research.

As a part of the curriculum, DNP students are required to choose a real-world problem, examine the literature and show evidence-based interventions to assist population health and provide health care delivery. Under the guidance of Dr. Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ, FNAP, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program; Dr. Tracy Magee, PH.D., RN, CPNP, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nursing and Education Coordinator; and Dr. Imke Casey, DNP, CRNA, RN-BC, RHIT, Assistant Professor, these posters represent the peak of the six-semester program.

“I am delighted with the results of the DNP projects completed by students in the summer 2022 graduating DNP cohort,” Dr. Michael said. “The presentations represent the culmination of a year-long learning journey that provides a solid foundation for continued scholarly work into the future.”

This year’s DNP candidates are:

  • Amy Davis, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
    Davis presented Conversations to Improve Advance Care Planning for Older Adults in Primary Care: A Pilot Project, APRN, FNP-C, supervised by Dr. Melanie Michael.
  • Donna-Marie Lanton, MSN, APRN, ANP-C
    Lanton presented Implementation of a Strength Training Intervention for Treating Sarcopenia Among Older Residents in a Skilled Nursing Facility, supervised by Dr. Imke Casey.
  • Cory B. Lord, MSN, APRN, NP-C
    Lord presented Reducing Falls in a Memory Care Unit Through Implementation of the STEADI Program, supervised by Dr. Imke Casey.
  • Satoria Reid-Rowe, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
    Reid-Rowe presented Improving Transitional Care Outcomes in Primary Care: A Pilot Study, supervised by Dr. Melanie Michael.
  • Olga C. Rodriguez, MSN, COL (ret), MSN, RN, CPHQ
    Rodriguez presented Orientation Recommendations for Travel Nurses Based on Nurse Identified Learning Needs supervised by Dr. Tracy Magee.
  • Tila Skipper-Resendiz, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C
    Skipper-Resendiz presented Suwannee River Area Health Education Center and Florida Southern College: Meeting the Need for Interprofessional Practice to Improve Health, supervised by Dr. Melanie Michael.
  • Dorothea Thompson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
    Thompson presented Seeing Is Believing: Continuous Glucose Monitoring Versus Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes, supervised by Dr. Imke Casey.

These seven DNP candidates will be hooded and officially earn their DNP degrees in a ceremony on August 17 at 5:00 p.m., in the Branscomb Auditorium.

The DNP program enrolled its first cohort in 2019 and received national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in June 2021. The first graduation and hooding ceremony took place in August 2021.

One of only 15 such programs in Florida, the DNP program at FSC is a leadership-focused, post-master’s program of study designed to prepare graduates in healthcare policy and advocacy, finance, information systems, project management and organizational leadership. Emphasis is on the application of evidence for the improvement and enhancement of patient care and healthcare delivery systems.