Examining Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Competency


      • Post-master’s DNP-APRN perceive competency in all DNP Essentials.
      • Before and after programmatic comparisons of engagement in DNP-APRN Essentials are needed.
      • Post-master’s DNP-APRNs perceive highest engagement in DNP Essential VIII.


      An assessment of post-master’s Doctor of Nurse Practice (DNP) education on clinical practice outcomes for master’s-prepared advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) may inform DNP program development and practice. Electronic survey assessment of DNP-APRN perceptions of clinical competency after completion of post-master’s DNP education indicated engagement in DNP Essentials. Overall, DNP-APRNs report consistently engaging in competencies associated with Essentials I, II, III, VI, VII, and VIII, and to a lesser extent, competencies for Essential IV. These findings indicate DNP-APRNs function as change agents, patient advocates, and proponents of improved patient and community outcomes. Comparisons before and after DNP-APRN education are indicated for assessment of practice and program development.


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      Both authors are faculty at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Brittany Christiansen, DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, FNP-C, AE-C, is assistant professor of clinical nursing. She is available at .


      Jane Dimmitt Champion, PhD, DNP, FNP, AH-PMH-CNS, FAAN, FAANP, is a professor.