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DNP Student Accomplishments

Student Success Highlights

Carol Adams

When Carol Adams graduated from the Waynesburg University DNP program in 2014, she submitted a manuscript for publication to the Quality Management in Healthcare journal. Her article on implementation of Project Re-engineering Discharge (RED) in a rural community hospital was published in 2014 (Adams Abstract). Recently, her article was cited on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website (AHRQ Project RED) as a reference for others who are interested in decreasing readmissions. Congratulations, Carol!

Michele Lozito

Michele Lozito DNP, RN was recently notified by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) that her DNP capstone project, which had previously been published in the June 2018 edition of their journal, was selected to be translated for the Chinese edition of AORN. According to Rickii Martinez-Torres, Perioperative Practice and Publications Coordinator for AORN, the Chinese edition is funded through financial support from Johnson & Johnson and published quarterly. Articles are selected by a perioperative nurse leader in China. Dr. Lozito graduated from the DNP program in 2017. Her capstone work was on improving the perioperative culture of safety (Lozito Abstract). Congratulations on a great project and two publications, Dr. Lozito! 

Shelly Huff

Congratulations to Shelly Huff DNP, RN for the online publication of your capstone project! Huff’s work on implementing a vital sign alert system into the electronic medical record at her hospital resulted in improved patient outcomes, including a 21% increase in identification of sepsis. Her article is available online ahead of print on the Journal of Nursing Care Quality website (Huff Abstract). The print version is scheduled for publication in 2019.

DNP Capstone Project Publications

Adams, JA., Whiteman, K. & McGraw, S. (2019 online ahead of publication). Reducing missed appointments for patients with HIV: An evidenced-based approach. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.

Spencer, S., Stephens, K., Swanson-Biearman, B. & Whiteman, K. (2019). Health care provider in triage to improve outcomes. Journal of Emergency Nursing. 34(4): 346-351). DOI:

Huff, S., Stephens, K., Whiteman, K., Swanson-Biearman, B., Mori, C., (2019). Implementation of a vital sign alert system to improve outcomes. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34(4), 346-51.

Miner, M., Stephens, K., Swanson-Biearman, B., Leone, V., & Whiteman, K. (2018). Enhancing cancer pain assessment and management in hospice. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 20(5), 452-458.

Lozito, M., Whiteman, K., Swanson-Biearman, B., Barkhymer, M., & Stephens, K. (2018). Good catch campaign: Improving the perioperative culture of safety. AORN Journal, 107(6), 705-714.

McAllen, E., Stephens, K., Swanson-Biearman, B., Kerr, K., & Whiteman, K. (April 9, 2018) "Moving Shift Report to the Bedside: An Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Project" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing23(2). doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No02PPT22

Egyud, A., Stephens, K., Swanson-Biearman, B., DiCuccio, M. & Whiteman, K. (2017). Implementation of human trafficking education and treatment algorithm in the emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 43(6), 626-631.

Tedesco, E., Whiteman, K., Heuston, M., Swanson-Biearman, B. & Stephens, K. (2017). Interprofessional collaboration to improve sepsis care and survival within a tertiary care emergency department. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 43(6), 532-538.

Wilson, C., Whiteman, K., Stephens, K., Swanson-Biearman, B. & LaBarba, J. (2017). Improving the Patient's Experience with a Multimodal Quiet-at-Night Initiative. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(2):134-140.

Bonalumi, N., Bhattacharya, A., Edwards, C., Fasnacht, A., Mazzone, L., Stephens, K., Whiteman, K. & Swanson-Biearman, B. (2017). Impact of a planned workflow change: Super track improves quality and service for low-acuity patients at an inner city hospital. Journal of Emergency Nursing43(2), 114-125.

Egyud, A., & Whiteman, K. (2016). Failure to rescue: Improving healthcare provider recognition of human trafficking. Pennsylvania Nurse. Summer, 16-20.

House, M., Stephens, K., Whiteman, K., Swanson-Biearman, B. & Printz, M. (2016). Cardiac medicine 30-day readmission reduction strategies: Do improved discharge transitions decrease readmissions?, MedSurg Nursing25(4), 251-254.

Chambers, K., Whiteman, K., Stephens, K., Goodloe, L., & Kirsteen, H. (2016). Improving inpatient colonoscopy preparation in a university hospital: An evidence-based practice project. Gastroenterology Nursing, 39(2), 86-94.

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