The DNP Healthcare Leader: Transformation of Practice Elizabeth F. Ellis DNP, RN, FNP-BC Chief of Advanced Practice Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Assistant Clinical Professor University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-School of Nursing October 10, 2008 Doctor of Nursing Practice Conference Memphis, TN
Objectives • To discuss the implications for utilizing DNP graduates as clinical Leaders • To identify the role and responsibilities of the DNP clinical leader • To identify the challenges and lessons learned of a practicing DNP Clinical Leader
Creating the Transition • Practice doctorate needed in nursing • DNP becomes the highest level of advanced nursing practice • DNP creates clinical experts and leaders • DNP begins to impact practice change
HealthcareChallenges • National concern for patient safety • Transforming care at the bedside • Need for translational research • Development of evidenced based practice • Interdisciplinary practice models • Patient care across the continuum
DNP Education: The Right Choice • Structured clinical experience • Broader evidenced based scope of practice • Translational Research • Array of analytical, theoretical, philosophical and evaluative processes
Partnership Created • Impacted by patient satisfaction • Increased gaps in patient care • Required new models of care • Increased efforts to improve patient safety • Improved core measure outcome • Improved documentation
Chief of Advanced Practice • As far as we know this is a national first • Places DNP at level equivalent to Chief of Medicine • Transform patient care and APN/PA practice • Strengthens bridge between MHH, SON and Med School • Innovative Practice Model • Signifies nursing at the highest clinical level
Role of Chief • Leader in clinical, academic, administrative, community and institutional policy making arenas • Change agent-new models of care • Support and create scholarship opportunities • Foster Relationships • Sustain APP program
Lessons Learned • Establish Chief title and level of hierarchy from start • Define distinct department of Advanced Practice Providers • Identify NP administrator as major champion • Identify lead NP, PA, and CRNA
Lessons Learned • Establish MD Champion from start • Defined Budget prior to start • Defined inpatient clinical practice for the Chief • Service Line MD Champions
Where Are We Going • DNP Hospitalist model • DNP Intensivist model • Inpatient billing model • Sharing the model
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