Mentoring Team Projects for the Doctor of Nursing Practice: Considerations for Nurse Anesthesia Faculty

Academic Article


  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs have specified that Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Nursing Anesthesia Practice students complete a doctorate project as part of the education toward becoming Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. As nurse anesthesia programs (NAPs) transition to DNP entry into practice, management of DNP projects has been identified as a major challenge facing nursing faculty. Also, adequate mentorship has been identified as a crucial part of doctorate education. Despite the absence of literature on team mentorship in nursing, many NAPs are opting for DNP team projects and group mentoring. In team DNP projects, the mentors foster professionalism, establish the ground rules for communication, resolve conflict, and provide expert knowledge. Effective implementation of projects can enhance relational learning and teamwork, which are essential for a successful career in healthcare. Additionally, mentoring teams can simultaneously improve the professional growth of junior faculty, reduce the faculty workload, and improve the quality of DNP projects. This article brings attention to best practices for mentoring DNP team projects and also provides an exemplar of successful implementation of DNP team projects in a NAP.
  • Published In

  • AANA Journal  Journal
  • Author List

  • Aroke EN; Wilbanks BA; Hicks T; Thurston KL; McMullan SP
  • Start Page

  • 435
  • End Page

  • 442
  • Volume

  • 89
  • Issue

  • 5