Nursing Professor Co-Edits Book of Exemplary DNP Projects

OCTOBER 22, 2014 – A Georgetown distance education expert has co-edited a new textbook that highlights excellent capstone projects conducted as part of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) programs.

Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, director of distance education and associate professor of nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, is one of three editors of DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice (Springer 2014).

Joyce Knestrick

“Although several books have been written about creating capstone projects, this is the first to focus on exemplary, completed DNP capstone projects that have provided leadership for change in clinical practice, enhanced interprofessional collaboration, promoted advocacy and policy changes, or contributed to quality improvement in health care systems,” according to the book.

‘Unparalleled Guidance’

The book is divided into three sections, which cover DNP capstones and their relation to clinical scholarship, clinical practice, and clinical outcomes. It includes 14 chapters.

“The book also delivers key information on how to design, construct, complete, and disseminate a capstone project that, combined with detailed descriptions of exemplary capstone projects, will provide unparalleled guidance for current DNP students, faculty, nursing practitioners, and other health care providers,” the book notes.

Other co-editors are Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, and Rebeca Barroso, DNP, CNM. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, wrote the foreward.  

By Bill Cessato