Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 1:18 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the second graduating class of the Florida Southern College Doctor of Nursing Practice program presented their capstone project posters in the Joe K. and Alberta Blanton Nursing Building, on August 4th, 2022. The seven-member cohort completed community- and practice- based health care improvement projects.

The second class of Florida Southern Colleges DNP program took their final steps before...
The second class of Florida Southern Colleges DNP program took their final steps before receiving their degrees on August 4, presenting their capstone projects. The seven-member class gave their project poster presentations, showcasing their research.(PRNewswire)

As a part of the curriculum, DNP students are required to choose a real-world problem, examine the literature and show evidence-based interventions to assist population health and provide health care delivery. Under the guidance of Dr. Melanie Michael, DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C, CPHQ, FNAP, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program; Dr. Tracy Magee, PH.D., RN, CPNP, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Nursing and Education Coordinator; and Dr. Imke Casey, DNP, CRNA, RN-BC, RHIT, Assistant Professor, these posters represent the peak of the six-semester program.

"I am delighted with the results of the DNP projects completed by students in the summer 2022 graduating DNP cohort," Dr. Michael said. "The presentations represent the culmination of a year-long learning journey that provides a solid foundation for continued scholarly work into the future."

These seven DNP candidates will be hooded and officially earn their DNP degrees, in a ceremony on August 17 at 5:00 p.m., in the Branscomb Auditorium.

Project Poster Presentations included:

  • Conversations to Improve Advance Care Planning for Older Adults in Primary Care: A Pilot Project, presented by Amy Davis, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, supervised by Dr. Melanie Michael
  • Implementation of a Strength Training Intervention for Treating Sarcopenia Among Older Residents in a Skilled Nursing Facility, presented by Donna-Marie Lanton, MSN, APRN, ANP-C, supervised by Dr. Imke Casey
  • Reducing Falls in a Memory Care Unit Through Implementation of the STEADI Program, presented by Cory B. Lord, MSN, APRN, NP-C, supervised by Dr. Imke Casey
  • Improving Transitional Care Outcomes in Primary Care: A Pilot Study, presented by Satoria Reid-Rowe, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, supervised by Dr. Melanie Michael
  • Orientation Recommendations for Travel Nurses Based on Nurse Identified Learning Needs, presented by Olga C. Rodriguez, MSN, COL (ret), MSN, RN, CPHQ, supervised by Dr. Tracy Magee
  • Suwannee River Area Health Education Center and Florida Southern College: Meeting the Need for Interprofessional Practice to Improve Health, presented by Tila Skipper-Resendiz, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C, supervised by Dr. Melanie Michael
  • Seeing Is Believing: Continuous Glucose Monitoring Versus Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes, presented by Dorothea Thompson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, supervised by Dr. Imke Casey

About Florida Southern College
Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in the state. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio, is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning, and boasts 30 NCAA Division II National Championships. Florida Southern is ranked at #8 among the "Best Regional Universities in the South" by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 "Best Colleges" guide and is included in The Princeton Review's 2022 Best 387 Colleges guide and the "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2022." The 2021-2022 Colleges of Distinction guidebook praises Florida Southern's AACSB accredited Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise alongside the College's School of Education and its Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Poets&Quants, U.S. News & World Report, Fortune, and The Princeton Review further laud the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise and the Ann Blanton Edwards School of Nursing and Health Sciences as foremost programs in the nation for business and nursing education. Home to the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, FSC has appeared on The Princeton Review's top 20 "Most Beautiful Campus" national listing for 12 consecutive years. Connect with Florida Southern College.

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