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Dissemination of doctor of nursing practice project findings: Benefits and challenges associated with publishing in healthcare journals

Published:November 14, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2022.07.011

      Highlights

      • Despite challenges, many benefits of disseminating DNP scholarly work exist.
      • Benefits are enhancing scholarship and sharing knowledge to improve health care.
      • Challenges are scholarly writing skills and projects lacking innovative/rigor.
      • Dissemination requires faculty engagement and writing/statistical resources.
      • Health care systems and policy are informed by scholarly work dissemination.

      ABSTRACT

      Background

      Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs require a project to improve outcomes in a health care setting. However, dissemination methods vary.

      Purpose

      This evaluation examined benefits and challenges associated with submitting project manuscripts to a peer-reviewed health care journal in a DNP program with this requirement.

      Methods

      Benefits and challenges were assessed with surveys completed by 85 DNP program alumni and 28 DNP mentors and by interviewing 5 faculty who teach in the DNP program and 5 editors of nursing journals.

      Findings

      Benefits of completing a manuscript included sharing knowledge to improve health care outcomes and enhancing nursing scholarship. Among alumni, 81% reported manuscript development was beneficial and 69% published their work. Most students, most faculty, and all editors endorsed the requirement with alternatives for projects lacking rigor or innovation. Challenges included need for faculty involvement and editorial/statistical resources.

      Discussion

      Despite challenges, there are benefits of publishing rigorous and innovative DNP work.

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