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DNP Essential II

Organizational Leadership for QI and Systems Thinking

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DNP II Essential Competencies:

  1. Develop and evaluate care delivery approaches that meet current and future needs of patient populations based on scientific findings in nursing and other clinical sciences, as well as organizational, political, and economic sciences.

  2. Ensure accountability for quality of health care and patient safety for populations with whom they work.

    • Use advanced communication skills/processes to lead quality improvement and patient safety initiatives in health care systems.

    • Employ principles of business, finance, economics, and health policy to develop and implement effective plans for practice-level and/or system-wide practice initiatives that will improve the quality of care delivery.

    • Develop and/or monitor budgets for practice initiatives.

    • Analyze the cost-effectiveness of practice initiatives accounting for risk and improvement of health care outcomes.

    • Demonstrate sensitivity to diverse organizational cultures and populations, including patients and providers.

  3. Develop and/or evaluate effective strategies for managing the ethical dilemmas inherent in patient care, the health care organization, and research.


Achievement of DNP II Essentials:

  • Utilization of Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Model for Improvement in DNP project.  The IHI model was utilized to analyze root cause issues and drivers as well as define Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles. Kotter’s 8-step Change Model was used in conjunction with the IHI approach to help provide change management. The approach is described in the DNP Project Proposal.

       Course: NURS 8030: DNP Project I, Spring 2019

       Documents:  Horne DNP Project Proposal


  • Financial budget for project. The financial model I developed was used to gain approval for the effort as well as track its progress and demonstrate results for sustainability.

       Course:  NURS 8050: DNP Project III, Fall 2019

       Documents:  Horne DNP Project Financial Model


  • Application for approval to DNP Project organization’s IRB.  This document and process was utilized to ensure I was effectively managing any ethical issues related to my DNP project. 

       Course: NURS 8030: DNP Project I, Spring 2019

       Documents:  Horne DNP Project Organization IRB Application Document

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