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Doctor of Nursing Practice Program students successfully defend dissertations
Posted 08/13/2019 11:17AM

Four Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students at Misericordia University successfully defended their dissertations recently by making a final oral defense of their cumulative scholarly research project at the annual capstone presentations on campus.

Students critically evaluate scientific literature while completing the rigorous project in order to develop evidence-based practice approaches that improve outcomes in the health care system. The class addressed a variety of practice problems, including the importance of healthy nutrition for children, reducing stress for non-traditional nursing students, glycemic control and increasing colorectal cancer screenings. Catherine Zurawski, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., F.N.P.-C., assistant professor of nursing, served as a faculty mentor.

The students will receive their doctorate degrees during the ninth annual winter commencement ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 15 in the Anderson Sports and Health Center.

Misericordia University features the oldest nursing program in the region and graduates more students in the health sciences than any other college or university in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers three undergraduate nursing programs: traditional, full-time nursing students; part-time accelerated evening program for adult students, and the RN to BSN Expressway Program. The undergraduate nursing programs meet the special educational and scheduling needs of adult and traditional students. They all lead to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program meets the special needs of current BSN registered nurses who desire an advanced practice specialization as a family nurse practitioner. Misericordia also offers a post-master's certificate as a family nurse practitioner for nurses who already have an advanced clinical master's degree and who wish to change or expand their practice focus to primary care. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education in health assessment, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic health conditions with expertise in health promotion and disease prevention. Graduate programming leads to the MSN and provides course work in a convenient part-time, one-day-a-week format.

The University also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program in two formats to accommodate the needs of busy health care professionals and in response to growing national need.

For more information about the nursing program at Misericordia University, please call 570-674-6400 or visit


Misericordia University Master of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree students successfully defended their dissertations by making a final oral defense of their cumulative scholarly research project at the annual Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Synthesis. DNP students who made presentations and their faculty mentors, included first row from left, Amanda Turoni, Scranton, Pa.; Priyanka Patel, Plains Twp., Pa.; Sarah Brown, Shavertown, Pa., and Grace Olshefski, Kingston, Pa.; second row, Oradell Banker, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., clinical placement coordinator, graduate nursing program; Catherine Zurawski, D.N.P., C.RN.P., F.N.P.-C, assistant professor; Jacklyn DelPrete, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., assistant professor; Pamela Dwyer, D.N.P., C.R.N.P.., F.N.P.-C., assistant professor and chair, graduate nursing program, and Brenda L. Hage, Ph.D.., DN.P., C.R.N.P., professor.

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