The Loretto Heights School of Nursing at Regis University offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This post-masters DNP educates nurses working in advanced practice and leadership roles with the values and additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice in an ever-changing health care environment.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Standardized Testing and Remediation to Improve NCLEX-RN Pass Rates in an Associate, Elwanda F. Adams Robertson

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Addressing Pediatric Asthma in Northern Colorado, Tammy J. Coiner

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The Implementation of a Leadership Development Program and Its Impact on Nurse Managers Self-Reported Competency Levels, Anne Marie Flatekval

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Implementing a Residency Program to Affect Float Pool Nurse Retention Rates, Mandy Kautz

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Analysis of the Impact of Hours of Simulation on HESI Scores, Melissa C. Milner

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Method to Increase the Knowledge of Patient Pain Identification by Student Nurses, Diane Ream

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Infusion of TeamSTEPPS, Kendra Bonin

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Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) Simulation Project, Carolyn Bottone-Post

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Exploration of Nursing Assistants' Beliefs About Job Satisfaction, Darcie M. Brady

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Educational Program to Improve Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Patient, Timothy A. Brendle

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Nursing Staff Optimizing Elder Care, Kathy Chapman

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The Impact of Diabetes Education on Nurses’ Knowledge of In-patient Diabetes Management, Arletha Coffey

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Online Journal Club to Improve Perception of Interprofessional Collaboration, Russelyn Connor

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Improving Communication and Collaboration Between Disciplines: Utilization of aDaily Goals Sheet During Daily Multidisciplinary Rounds in the Critical Care Setting, Kelly E. Diehl

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An Educational Intervention to Increase Advance Directive Completion, Kimberly Harlow

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The Efficacy of a House Call Provider Service, Lynne M. Jacobson

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Implementation of Evidence Based Guidelines to Reduce Fall Risk in a Patient Population Vulnerable to Falling, Susan E. Jacquez

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Student Nurse Advocacy: Supporting the Future to Save Our Profession, Lori Kerley

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Exploring the Influence of BC-ADM Certification on Advanced Practice Nurses’ Clinical Practice and Knowledge of Cognitive Dysfunction in Geriatric Diabetes Care, Kimberley J. Krapek

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NP Students' Perceptions of Weight Loss Treatment using CAM, Terri Miller

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Fall Reduction among Elderly Residents in Skilled Nursing Facility, Obinna U. Ogundu

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A Multiple Sclerosis Education Module to Promote Patient Activation and Efficacy, Anna C. Parton

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Can Empowered Nurses Decrease Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Rates?, Judith Peters

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An Exploration of Nurses’ Perceptions of Resuscitation of Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injured Patients, Lisa Jaye Shelton-Chappell

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Using an Educational Intervention to Address Nurse-Patient Communication at the Bedside: A Qualitative Study, Rebecca L. Tolino

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Impact of Educational Intervention on Nurses’ Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy, Sarah Washburn

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Effectiveness of User Centered Design for Optimizing an Electronic Documentation Form, Karen L. Albrecht

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A Quality Improvement Project to Evaluate Auditor Satisfaction with Different Data Collection Methods for Auditing Compliance with Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention Standards, Andrea S. Balzer

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Improving the Education Gap for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, Donna L. Bobo

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Educating Home Health Nurses on Peristomal Skin Care, Armi S. Earlam

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Prick Testing in Children, Elizabeth Ann Esterl

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Evaluation of Leadership Changes in Adult Primary Care, Dierdre A. Gilliam

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Prenatal Nutrition Counseling Designed to Reduce the Intake of Moderate and High Glycemic Index Foods among Selected Normal, Overweight, and Obese Patients from a Nonprofit Faith-based Patient Medical Care Home, Debra T. Gogatz

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Evaluating Development of Critical Thinking Skills in Simulation Learning, Cynthia J. Helgesen

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Perspectives of Associate Degree Nursing Students at Risk for Academic Problems, Phyllis H. Horton

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Rapid Response Team Education in Improving Bedside Nurses` Knowledge and Skills, Cherry Lynn Maglangit

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The Twenty-Four Three Study Plan: Increasing Hispanic and Latino Student Nurse Success, Virginia Montez-Ochoa

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The Intervention of Active Learning Strategies to Increase Nursing Student Self-Directed Learning, Janelle A. Patterson

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Implementation of an Animal Assisted Activity Program into a Rural Long-Term Care Facility to Increase the Perceived Quality of Life of Residents, Vonnie Pattison

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Evaluation of the Impact of TeamSTEPPS Training on Perceptions of Teamwork and Resilience in the Intensive Care and Perioperative Units in a Tertiary Care Hospital, Belinda Shaw

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Evaluating Self-Efficacy of Health Behaviors in Bariatric Surgery Patients Through Online Support, Shala Swarm

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Impact of a Person-Centered Care Model on Nursing Job Satisfaction, Tracy A. Thompson

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Use of an Evidence-Based Practice Model to Improve the Quality of the Hospital Discharge Process, Joni Vaughn

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Autonomic Dysreflexia: An Educational Intervention for First Responders to Recognize this Medical Emergency, Jennifer J. Wahl

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Comparison of Home Medication Adherence in Adults Age 65 and Older After Completion of Standardized Discharge Medication Education or Non-Standardized Discharge Medication Education, Jill Weller

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An Intervention to Increase Identification and Referral of Families at High Risk for Child Maltreatment in a Military Community, Tavia M. Wilkinson

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Using an Electronically Delivered and Culturally Based Nutrition Module to Educate Latino Parents, Lia H. Yoon

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Evaluation of Impact of End-Of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (Elnec) Education On Registered Nurses, Debra J. Behr

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Basic Life Support (Bls) Knowledge and Skill Retention and Increased Self-Efficacy for Rural Health Care Providers, Victoria Birkeland

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Nurses' Perceptions After Obtaining Medical Surgical Certification, Brenda L. Case-Cook

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Palliative Care and Hospice Community Education, Mary Castang

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Clinical Faculty Perceptions of Using a Skills Checklist in Teaching Pn Students Bedside Physical Assessments, Helen Daniels-Moncrief

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BSN Students' Perceptions of Communication with Patients with Hallucinations After Experiencing a Voice Simulation and Role Play, Peggy Fossen

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Early Alert Referral Program, Roslana D. Gray

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RN-BS Online Students' Perceptions of Presence Using a Virtual Meeting Room, Michelle A. Hall

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Nurse Preceptor Development and the Impact On Self-Efficacy, Angie Furr Hatley

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Using Ignatian Pedagogy to Improve Reflective Thinking in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Students, Mary Ellen Honeyfield

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Providing an Evidence-Based Medical Screening Examination On Patients Who Present to the Emergency Department with Non-Emergent Complaints: a Quality Improvement Initiative, Joyce Jeffries

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Substance Use Disorders and Stigma, Shirley S. Patrick

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Nursing Managers' Perceptions, Knowledge and Commitment to Shared Governance, Jeanine M. Rundquist

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Nurses' Perceptions of Being Recruited and Oriented in the Emergency Department, Sharon M. Schultz

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Measuring Changes in Knowledge and Attitudes of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Providers After Receiving an Educational Intervention About the Value of Human Milk in the Preterm Infant, Frances E. Smith

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Hypertensive Black Men's Perceptions of a Nurse Administered Medication Protocol, Ophelia Thomas

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Determining the Effects of Vitamin D Levels On Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, Summer Yvonne Tilgner

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An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Asthma Educational Initiative in a Rural Clinic, Denise Trujillo

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Nurses' Experience with Medication Errors, Kristin M. Belderson

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Mentor Training Program, Marlene M. Berens

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Cancer-Related Fatigue, Rebecca E. Bowman

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Scripted Communication, Shannon L. Cook

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Pediatric Asthma Control Assessment Project, Rosario Correa

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Does Associate Degree Nursing (Adn) Student Math Competency Improve with a Math for Nurses Session?, Michele A. Dickson

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The Effects of an Educational Support Group Intervention On Nurse Manager Burnout, Donna Faviere

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A Comparison of the Effects of Simulation Training and Non-Simulation Training On Self-Efficacy in Providing Women's Health Care, Cindy D. Heden

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Can Simulation Along with Lecture and Demonstration Enhance the Knowledge Level of Managing a Chest Tube for Senior Undergraduate Nursing Students?, Pamela Lawson

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An Evidence-Based Intervention to Improve Vaccination Rates for Seasonal Influenza Among Registered Nurses, Debra A. Maitre

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The Subcutaneous Administration of Bortezomib Practice Guideline Capstone Project, Jasmine Martin

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Nr706C Use of High Volume Low Pressure Microcuffed Endotracheal Tubes to Reduce Ventilator Associated Pneumonia, Joyce M. Page

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An Educational Intervention to Enhance Health Care Providers Knowledge in the Prevention and Identification of Hepatitis C in a Military Setting, Scott Alexander Rivers

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Mandatory Nurse-Patient Ratios and Nursing Outcomes Related to Patient Falls, Lillian Kathleen Roberts

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Screening for Distress in Ambulatory Oncology Patients: the Cope Project, Denise A. Sartz

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Effects of a Nursing Professional Practice Model On Customer Satisfaction of Nursing Indicators in the Emergency Department, Jennifer Thomas

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Comparison of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Needle Thoracostomy Procedural Competency After Completion of an Online Module Or Standard Textbook Review, Carol M. Wallman

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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An Educational Intervention to Enhance Nursing Competency in the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in the Rural Setting, Cassie M. Banks

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Rural Heart Attack Care, Julie J. Benz

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From Competency to Capability, Rickie Jo Bonner

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Quality safety assessment/application for nurses (QSAAN), Kathleen A. Bradley

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Utilizing High Fidelity Simulation to Enhance Nursing Students' Level of Self-Efficacy in Caring for Patients and their Families in their End of Life Journey, JoAnn Gjellum Crownover

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Improving Access to Primary Healthcare and Cost Effective Care for Underserved Populations, Patricia T. Dey

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Primary Prevention of Preschool Children Through a Patient Centered Medical Home Approach, Joanna Dominick

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An Educational Intervention for Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses, Troy E. Fletcher

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Improving Care and Outcomes for the Late Preterm Infant, Angela T. Houck

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Provider Opinion about Guidance Provided by a Prostate Cancer Screening Educational Pamphlet, Patricia Hughes

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Impact of a Case Management Program On Immigrants' Health Status and Access to Care, Nelly Kangethe

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Effects of a Cued Break and Stretch Program On Computer Use Productivity and Hand Or Wrist Pain, Ruth R. Korecki

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A Practice-Based Research Approach to Explore the Relationship of Preoperative Warming to the Incidence of Surgical Site Infection in the Ambulatory Surgical Patient, Krista A. LaRussa

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Patient Satisfaction: Communication with Nurses, Cathy C. Oni

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Evidence-Based Practice Gap in Knowledge, Margaret M. Orn

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A Descriptive Analysis of the Effects Post Discharge Phone Calls Have On Readmission Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries, Heaven Owens

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Nursing Students' Experiences Using High-Fidelity Cardiovascular Simulation: a Descriptive Study, Teresa A. Paden

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The Development of a Faculty/Peer Mentoring Program for First Semester Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Felicia G. Pendleton