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First Doctor of Nursing Practice class to be welcomed at reception by ECU administration, elected officials

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Date and Time of Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 4:30 to 6 PM

Location: College of Nursing lobby, Health Sciences Building, west campus.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing will host a reception honoring the inaugural class of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The 21 students in the first class include clinical leaders from a variety of areas and advanced practice registered nurse roles. More than half the students are from eastern North Carolina.

The DNP degree is a practice-focused terminal degree earned by specialists in advanced nursing practice. The DNP focuses on developing nursing experts in translating and applying research findings in clinical practice. The post-master’s DNP curriculum expands the competencies of the advanced practice registered nurse from the master’s level to encompass knowledge required as nurse leaders in increasingly complex health care systems to assess published evidence informing practice, improve systems of care to improve health care outcomes, and to make changes to enhance the quality of care. Graduates of the DNP program will provide nursing leadership to inform clinical practice, evaluate and improve health care delivery systems, improve health care outcomes and effect positive change for the citizens of eastern North Carolina and beyond.

Also expected at the event will be ECU Chancellor Dr. Steve Ballard, Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns, College of Nursing Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown, Sen. Louis Pate, Sen. Don Davis, Rep. Brian Brown, Rep. Jean Farmer Butterfield, Rep. Susan Martin, Interim ECU Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Ron Mitchelson, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Virginia Hardy, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Dr. Bobby Lowery, and other invited guests.

Crystal Baity
East Carolina University News Services