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DNP program, DNP-authored articles, doctor of nursing practice (DNP), publications, scholarship



  1. Cortez, Susan E. PhD, RN, HIMSS HIT
  2. Allen, Sandra K. DNP, RN-BC
  3. Balevre, Park S. DNP, RN-BC, CNE
  4. Rass, Juanita Emily PhD, APRN-Rx, FNP-BC
  5. Wechter, Susan M. PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, CNE


Background: The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) nurse is recognized as a practice scholar in nursing and leadership; moreover, the volume of published scholarship from DNP authors is expanding.


Purpose: The aim of this research was to quantify and analyze DNP-authored peer-reviewed journal publications from 2012 through 2018.


Methods: This was a descriptive analysis of DNP graduate publications found in the WorldCat database from 2012 through 2018.


Results: Nearly 2000 (n = 1903) DNP-authored, peer-reviewed journal publications were extracted. Doctor of Nursing Practice-authored publications increased 136% from 2012 to 2018, including 1059 (56%) with DNP authors as first authors and 494 (26%) from DNP graduate solo authors. There were 1179 collaborative and interprofessional publications (62%).


Conclusions: The findings in this research demonstrate an increase in the number of DNP-authored scholarly publications since 2012. Scholarly publications by DNP authors expand the dissemination of knowledge and offer an avenue to improve health outcomes nationally and globally.