The Ryan Matura Library of Sacred Heart University houses both print and electronic information resources. The library holds over 140,000 print volumes, over 35,000 electronic titles, almost 2,000 audiovisuals and access to over 15,000 journal titles – both print and electronic. Electronic resources may be accessed by students and faculty remotely from the library’s Website, which includes book reviews, interlibrary loan information and online request forms, links to quality websites created by government agencies, research and educational organizations and leading health associations and institutions. The library also provides access to over 70 online databases. With over 15 computer workstations, the library offers consultation specifically for doctoral students in the health science and formal instruction to all members of the university community.
The practice project is consistent with the student’s identified clinical interests. This scholarly project must be a significant, evidence-based contribution to existing nursing knowledge and be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or a book. The faculty project chair will act as a facilitator to lead the student’s scholarship. In addition, the student will choose a community/organizational expert for the role of mentor for the project. Students may elect to complete their DNP project at their place of employment. Additional clinical hours will be customized in an area of nursing practice to enhance their practice and their role as an advanced leader in the nursing field.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree was first proposed in 2004 by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This association comprised of higher-degree educational leaders from across the nation set the standards for professional nursing education. AACN has issued a position statement that, after 2015, all advanced practice nurses must graduate with a DNP degree. Sacred Heart University nursing faculty have placed much thought in the design of the DNP curriculum embracing the eight essential areas of clinical expertise outlined by the ANCC. The graduate nursing faculties are committed to a spirit of collaboration and mentorship. Espousing Sacred Heart University’s mission, DNP graduates will be knowledgeable of self, rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to social and civic obligations and able to respond to an ever-changing world. A major focus of the program is development of a community of scholars, fostering a commitment to lifelong learning, and cultivating an area of clinical scholarly inquiry.