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Succeeding in DNP School: 5 Strategies for DNP Students

featuring Cari Simpson, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE and Tammy Zybell, DNP, MBA, RN

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Rapid growth in the number of new DNP programs has led to an influx of students seeking this graduate degree. As students begin their educational journey, it is important to identify the barriers that hinder successful completion of a DNP degree. Although there are variances in program type and focus, the challenges faced by students remain consistent. Faculty can mitigate these challenges by implementing these five strategies for success.
  • Identify the individual characteristics of students pursuing the DNP program and how these can present as a challenge.
  • Recognize the barriers that prevent students from completing a DNP program.
  • Explore five strategies that facilitate student success in a DNP program.

Cari Simpson, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Cari_Simpson_DNP_MSN_RN_CNEDr. Cari Simpson graduated from Chatham University, located in Pittsburgh, with a DNP and obtained her CNE in 2008. Cari has been in nursing education since 2005, teaching both under-graduate and graduate curriculums. She is passionate about the role of the DNP in Academia and presented a poster at the STTI Biennial conference in Las Vegas (2015) titled "Value of the DNP in Nursing Education". Cari is currently a Curriculum & Instruction Developer for the National Academic Team at Chamberlain University where her focus is pre-licensure. She continues to teach in both RNBSN and MSN courses. She is a member of American Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau where she is currently Vice President of the Phi Pi Chapter.
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Tammy Zybell, DNP, MBA, RN

Tammy_Zybell_DNP_MBA_RNTammy is a nurse educator with a passion for faculty development and student success. With over 20 years-experience, she has worked as a bedside nurse (ICU, NICU, ER), an educator (undergraduate and graduate programs) and as a community volunteer (Blessings in a Backpack, Habitat for Humanity). She is an Associate Dean of Faculty at Chamberlain University and remains active in her role as an educator teaching a variety of courses in the Prelicensure and RNBSN programs. As a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) graduate herself, Tammy frequently mentors peers in their journey to complete their DNP degree. Dr. Zybell has published and presented on the topics of remote faculty mentoring and student success. Her research focus is on faculty mentoring, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student and faculty success, and pediatric sepsis.
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