Lessons Learned from Expansion of a Public Health Nursing Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program

Academic Article


  • Despite nurses' demonstrated expertise in the public health workforce, there has been a continued erosion of public health nursing (PHN) positions in health departments and academe. The need for a strong public health infrastructure and well-educated public health workforce remains vital in meeting PHN research challenges. In response to these needs, our college of nursing undertook a six-year Health Resources and Services Administration-funded expansion of the PHN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This article illustrates program evaluation, lessons learned, and PHN DNP graduate and workforce outcomes related to supplying culturally diverse PHN leaders, assuring quality improvement, creating sustainable partnerships, and improving poor health outcomes.
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    Author List

  • Tipton NG; Speck PM; Bowdre TL; Connor PD
  • Start Page

  • 230
  • End Page

  • 231
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 4