DNP Student Defenses


Dr. Jessica Tressler, DNP, RN
Implementation and Evaluation of an Emergency Department Specific Fall Risk Assessment Tool
Chair: Dr. Cheryl Bergman

Lisa Teel, DNP, RN
Effectiveness of Standardized Interdisciplinary Rounds to Decrease Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Danielle Hallman, DNP, RN
The Role of Nurse-Led Groups in Relapse Prevention
Chair: Dr. Linday McKim

Shannon Crowe, DNP, RN
Disparities in Health Care for the Transgender Population
Chair: Dr. Mary Gipson

Alicia Wise, DNP, RN
Incorporating a Human Trafficking Screening Assessment Tool in Triage
Chair: Dr. Lindsay Wolf

Vincent Krause, DNP, RN
Increasing Provider Awareness To Detect, Treat, And Reduce Sexually Transmitted Infections In Male Service Members
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Marie Milton, DNP, RN
Improving Resource Access and Implementation for Informal Cancer Caregivers in a Cinic at an Outpatient Cancer Center.
Chair: Dr. Lindsay Wolf

Meredith Kelly, DNP, RN
The Effect of MyMedSchedule® Plus Smartphone Application on Antihypertensive Medication Adherence in Hypertensive Adults in the Outpatient Setting.
Chair: Dr. Mary Gipson

Garrett Blaker, DNP, RN
Evidence-Based Educational In Home Program to Improve Self-Management Adherence and A1C Levels for Patients with Diabetes.
Chair: Dr. Kathryn Kott

Lori Koethe, DNP, RN
Improving Transitional Care in Rural Health Using a Standardized Discharge Time-Out
Chair: Dr. Mary Vanderhoef

Deborah S. Hickman, DNP, RN
Classification of Surgical Case Descriptions for Surgical Scheduling Improvement in Neurosurgery
Chair: Dr. Lesley Morgan

Vikas Crawford, DNP, RN
A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Staff Recognition of Early Signs of Sepsis
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Pamela Simon Card, DNP, RN
Finding Support: Evaluating Use of a Virtual DNP Final Project Peer Support Community in Limited-Residency Program
Chair: Dr. Pam Rillstone

Sona Dolsenhe, DNP, RN
Does an Evidence-Based Supplemental Education Brochure Enhance Patient Understanding for Those Undergoing Bariatric Sugery?
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds

Tim Byrd, DNP, RN
An Evaluation of an Intervention Designed to Assist Undergraduate College Students with Stress, Anxiety, or Depression to Increase Physical Activity Levels
Chair: Dr. Teri Chenot

Marissa Trino Lovely, DNP, RN
Knowledge and Compliance of Staff in using the Clostridium Difficile Bundle
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Victoria Kozel, DNP, RN
Reducing Medication Errors through Addition of a Pharmacist and Standardized Communication to Interdisciplinary Team Rounding: A Quality Improvement Project
Chair: Dr. Lynette Kennison

Kathy Bonthuis, DNP, RN
From Expert to Novice: Effect of a Nursing Orientation Program on Novice Nurse Educator Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Candace Moll, DNP, RN
Implementation of an Educational Program to Manage Disruptive Patient Behavioral Event
Chair: Dr. Mary Gipson

Irene Talarico, DNP, PMHNP
The Use of Telehealth to Increase Mental Health Services Access and Promote Medication Adherence in Rural Locations.
Chair:  Dr. Pam Rillstone

Amanda Lyons, DNP, RN
Reducing Perceived Stress, Burnout and Improving Joy in Work for Nurse Leaders
Chair - Dr. Dorcas Kunkel


Dawn Smith, DNP RN
A Bundled Approach for Peripheral IV Site Care and Maintenance
Chair – Dr. Roberta Christopher

Rachel Rodriguez, DNP, FNP-BC
A Plant-Based Dietary Intervention for Nurses
Chair – Dr. Leigh Hart

Shannon Terrell, DNP, FNP-BC
A DNP Quality Improvement Project to Implement and Evaluate an Electronic Employee Injury Form for Reporting Healthcare Employee Sharps Injuries and Splash Exposures to Blood and Body Fluids
Chair – Dr. Roberta Christopher

Sarah Pratico, DNP, FNP-C
Implementing a Perinatal Depression Screening Treatment Program in an Obstetrical Health Department Setting
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Laura Spear, DNP, FNP-C
The Effects of a Written Procedural Information Tool on Perceived Perception of Communication in Adult Patients Undergoing Cardiac Catheterization.
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds

Caitlin Read, DNP, FNP-C
Quality Improvement in Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Adherence through Written Education and Supportive Measures.
Chair: Dr. Lindsay Wolf

Shweta Patel, DNP, FNP-C
Post Stroke Depression Screening and Intervention.
Chair: Dr. Lynnette Kennison

Mary Garner, DNP, RN
The Development of a Depression Screening and Referral Program.
Chair: Dr. Dorcas Kunkel.

Mildred Evans, DNP, RN
A Structured Nursing Follow-up Intervention to Improve the Management of Hypertension with Home Telehealth Utilization.
Chair: Dr. Ashlee Loewen

McKenna Blansett, DNP, FNP
Effectiveness of PictureRx on Perceived Medication Adherence in the Independently Living Older Adult.
Chair: Dr. Jean Richards

Nicole Pascarella, DNP, FNP
Effectiveness of PictureRx on Perceived Medication Adherence in the Independently Living Older Adult
Chair: Dr. Ashlee Loewen

Dawn Harris, RN, DNP
Implementation of a Transitional Care Heart Failure Discharge Checklist to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Chair: Dr. Ashlee Loewen

Darlene Carey, RN, DNP
Contact Precautions: The Impact of Discontinuing for Multi-Drug Resistant Organism
Chair: Dr. Dorcas Kunkel

Kelly Johnson, RN, DNP
This is My Story: Using Patient Personalization Posters to Improve Nurses’ Caring Behaviors
Chair: Dr. Roberta Christopher

Sharon Edmunds, DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN
Assessing the Effectiveness of an Emergency Nursing Fellowship: A Four Year Review
Chair: Dr. Cheryl Bergman

Tera Maple, DNP, ACNP-BC
Using a CPR Video Decision Aid in the Neuroscience ICU
Chair: Dr. Elaine Borne

Robin Boothby, DNP, RN
Making Evidenced Based Practice, Everyday Practice
Chair: Dr. Roberta Christopher

Dayle Ann McCary, DNP, RN
Competency Assessment of Nursing Staff in the Healthcare Setting
Chair: Dr. Mary Gipson

Navondria Lawson, DNP, FNP
Caring Connection
Chair: Dr. Teresa MacGregor

Paula Peacock, DNP, FNP
B12 Monitoring and Supplementation in Type II Diabetic Patients Taking Metformin
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart


Barbara Austin, DNP, FNP-BC
HPV Vaccine Uptake in the Family Practice Setting: A Quality Improvement Project
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Christopher Rumsey, DNP, MBA, RN
Short-Stay Palliative Pain Management for Southwestern VA: Process Improvement Plan
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Shannon French, DNP, RN, CPN
Fertility Preservation: Educating the Pediatric Oncology Population
Chair: Dr. Lindsay Wolf

Leighanne Meade, DNP, FNP-BC
A Preprocedural Hydration Protocol for Prevention of Contrast-Induced Nephropathy
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds

Rebecca Monteau
How a Structured Orientation Pathway Can Meet the Needs of the Organization, Employee, and Patients
Chair: Dr. Mary Vanderhoef

Traci Fowler, DNP, RN
Advancing the Health Literacy Knowledge and Skills of Undergraduate Nursing Students
Chair: Dr. Lynnette Kennison

Shannon Meijer, DNP, RN
Nursing Program Admission Criteria: Finding the Right Mix for Improving Program and NCLEX-RN Outcomes
Chair: Dr. Cheryl Bergman

Lori Dewey, DNP, RN
Nurse Residency Program Pilot
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Barbara Barnes, DNP, APRN
Nurse Residency Program Pilot
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Deb Hadfield, DNP, RN
Use of Virtual Simulation as Home Assignments to Improve Clinical Reasoning Skills in First Semester Bachelor Nursing Students
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Sherry Talsma, DNP, RN
Interprofessional Simulation in Undergraduate Health Science Programs: An Assessment of Interdisciplinary Perception and Readiness for Interprofessional Learning between Nursing, Radiology and Human Service Senior Students
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Sara Wilk, DNP, RN
Improved Interprofessional Communication Skills through Simulation Using Telecommunication: The Impact of Interprofessional Education Using Skype and Facetime on IPEC Competencies Self-Assessed Scores of the Interprofessional Values Domain and Interprofessional Interactions Domain in Senior Level Pre-licensure BSN Nursing Students
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Kelly Martin, DNP, RN
Engagement in a Cultural Competence Course and its Impact on Transcultural Competence, Transcultural Confidence, and Transcultural Knowledge
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds

Connie Smith, DNP, RN
The Impact of Nurse to Nurse Mentoring in Leadership Skills Development-RNmentor2mentor
Chair: Dr. Roberta Christopher

Linda Macera-DiClemente, DNP, RN
The Impact of Nurse to Nurse Mentoring in Leadership Skills Development-RNmentor2mentor
Chair: Dr. Roberta Christopher

Mary Beaudry, DNP, RN
Motivational Interviewing and Diabetes
Chair: Dr. Pam Rillstone

Amanda R. McNulty, DNP, FNP-BC
Using Brief Motivational Interviewing to Increase Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Overweight and Obese Adults in a Rural Family Practice Setting
Chair: Dr. Pam Rillstone


Kimberly Johnson, DNP, RN
Telemedicine Changing Home Health Care
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Leyla Pordeli, DNP, RN
Informatics Competency-Based Assessment: Evaluation and Determination of Nursing Informatics Competency Gaps among Practicing Nurse Informaticists
Chair: Dr. Roberta Christopher

Ilana Logvinov, DNP, RN
Evidence-Based Practice Fellowship Program
Chair: Dr. Mary Vanderhoef

Michelle Conkling, DNP, CNM
Underserved Women and Hereditary Breast Cancer Screening
Chair: Dr. Mary Gipson


Patricia Williamson, DNP, RN
Family-Centered Visitation Program Guide for the Pediatric PACU
Chair: Dr. Lindsay Wolf

Erica Schroeder, DNP, FNP-BC
Evaluation of a Fellowship Program for Nurse Practitioner Graduates in an Academic Environment
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds.


Kara Bragg, DNP, FNP, ENP
Ultrasound as a First Line Diagnostic Modality to Detect Urolithiasis.
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Janette Dunlap, DNP, FNP
Text4Life: The Use of Text Messaging to Influence Health Behaviors in Adolescents.
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Angela Ford, DNP, FNP-BC
A Project Comparing Self-monitoring with a Smartphone Application for Weight Loss vs Paper Diary
Chair: Dr. Roberta Logsdon

Tracie Mitchem Green, DNP, FNP
Exploring the Lived Experience of Now-Adult Child Sexual Abuse Victims.
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds​

​Martha Hicks, DNP, FNP
Patient Centered Medical Home Integrated Primary Care Sub-Specialists​
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds​

Karen Lane, DNP, FNP
Effectiveness of Portal Notification in Completion of Cervical Cancer Screening In the 50-65 Year Old Female Family Medicine Patient.
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

​Diana Oliver, DNP, ANP, PMHNP
Discovering Undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea in a Psychiatric Population.
Chair: Dr. Lynnette Hansen Kennison​

Michelle Silver, DNP, FNP
Evaluating a New Ambulatory Care Coordination Program.
Chair: Dr. Teri Chenot

Joann Smith, DNP, CNM​
Midwives’ Business Guide To An Independent Home Birth Practice.
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Sandra Taylor, PNP, DNP
Flipped Learning in the Pediatric Classroom-A Capstone Project.
Chair: ​Dr. Jeane Richards

​Carol Volante, DNP, FNP
Emerging Strategies in Diabetes Education: An Integrated Literature Review. 
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart


Mary Blade, DNP, FNP
Guideline Directed Therapy for Systolic Heart Failure.
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Elaine Borne, DNP, ANP, AGACNP
Nurse Practitioners' Perceived Preparedness for the Role of Hospitalist Provider.
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Janet Garvey, DNP ANP, PMHNP
Improving Communication between Professional Caregivers and Patients with Dementia: Evaluating the Efficacy of a Caregiver Education Program.
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Disease Management of Heart Failure: Nurse led Multidisciplinary Clinic.
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Crystal Lynn, DNP, CRNA
A Case Analysis: Intracardiac Thrombus during Liver /Kidney Transplant with resolution using t-PA.
Chair: Dr. Leigh Hart

Pam Lovett, DNP, CRNA
Propofol versus Midazolam/Fentanyl Sedation for Colonoscopy in the Elderly.
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Ava Smith, DNP, FNP
Nurse Practitioner Attitudes Regarding Utilization of Smartphone Tracker Apps.
Chair: Dr. Hilary Morgan

Mary Vanderhoef, DNP, FNP
Patient Understanding of Emergency Department Discharge Instructions.
Chair: Dr. Michelle Edmonds