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  1. Kesten, Karen S. DNP, RN, CCNS, CNE, FAAN
  2. Moran, Katherine DNP, RN, CDCES, FADCES, FNAP
  3. Beebe, Sarah L. MSN, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC, CHSE
  4. Conrad, Dianne DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP
  6. Manderscheid, Amy DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC, AGNP-C, CMSRN
  7. Pohl, Elizabeth DNP, RN, AGNP-C
  8. Corrigan, Catherine DNP, RN, FNP-BC


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the perceived impact of practice scholarship among DNP-prepared nurses and the relationship of impact to primary work role and years since graduation.


BACKGROUND: Healthcare organizations continuously seek ways to improve health outcomes and reduce cost. Doctor of Nursing Practice-prepared nurses are educated with essential competencies to lead healthcare reform initiatives based on their practice scholarship contribution.


METHODS: A cross-sectional design was used to administer a self-report online survey to a convenience sample of 306 DNP graduates currently in practice.


RESULTS: The highest impact of practice scholarship was perceived on patients, populations, quality of care, and the profession. The impact on policy, cost, and cost savings was significantly lower. No significant difference was found on practice scholarship impact based on role or between years of experience since graduation.


CONCLUSION: Doctor of Nursing Practice competencies support practice scholarship outcomes. Organizational resources are needed to support the impact of practice scholarship.