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DNP Essential I

Scientific Underpinnings for Practice

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DNP I Essential Competencies:

  1. Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.

  2. Use science-based theories and concepts to:

  • determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena;

  • describe the actions and advanced strategies to enhance, alleviate, and ameliorate health and health care delivery phenomena as appropriate; and

  • evaluate outcomes.

   3.  Develop and evaluate new practice approaches based on nursing theories and theories from other disciplines.


Achievement of DNP I Essentials:

  • Paper on my personal nursing philosophy of theory-based care. In this paper, I defined my personal model / theory of care utilizing Fawcett’s reciprocal interaction paradigm at the highest level of abstraction, supported by a combination of my own beliefs as well as concepts from Pender’s Health Promotion Model, Neuman’s Neuman System Model, and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The paper further defined how I would implement and evaluate my model.

       Course: NURS 6009: Theory Foundations for Advanced Nursing, Summer 2017

       Documents:  Horne Theory-based Nursing Philosophy Paper


  • Utilization of Peplau’s model in DNP Project.  Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations provided the theoretical basis for the project and guided interventions.  The nursing theory was used in combination with Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model. The approach is described on pages 5 and 6 of the paper, as well as appendices D and E.

       Course:  NURS 8040: DNP Project II, Summer 2019

       Documents:  Horne DNP Project Paper

  • Paper on Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory and discussion of potential nursing applications. In this paper, I provided (1) an overview of the theory, (2) an analysis of how the theory might be utilized for advanced nursing practice, (3) a specific example of proposed use, and (4) a brief summary of the theory’s strengths and limitations as well as its future direction.

       Course: NURS 6010: Theory in Nursing, Fall 2013

       Documents:  Horne Kolcaba Theory Paper

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