DNP 2023 Spring Oral Defense Presentations

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Friday April 28, 2023

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at San José State University began its independent operations in Fall of 2019, and has been supporting our students toward innovative, evidence-based thinking ever since.

You are invited to join us for a live, virtual presentation as our current cohort presents and defends the culmination of two years of hard work!

Come for the whole, or just part of the day - any way you are able to attend, come for healthcare innovation and inspiration by extraordinary doctoral candidates.

Register to attend

Date: Friday April 28th, 2023
Time: 9:15AM to 4:00PM
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Please note that the schedule may experience changes up to the day of presentation.

Time: 9:15AM to 4:00PM

Start Time Candidate Presentation Title
09:15AM DNP Team Welcome and Opening remarks
09:30 AM Deborah A. Szeto Standardizing Initial Inpatient Palliative Care Consultations for Patients Receiving Left Ventricular Assist Devices at a Large Urban Hospital
09:48 AM Denise Renfro Implementation of a Standardized Instructional Design Model to Facilitate Measurement of Learning
10:05 AM Priya Pandya-Orozco Speak-Up for Hand Hygiene and Decrease Healthcare Associated Infections
10:24 AM Juana Castillo Peer Support Program to Increase Resilience in Nurse Managers
10:50 AM Cheryll May Villamor Implementation of an Online Suicide Prevention Training among Undergraduate and Graduate Students
11:09 AM Rachel Rojo Torres Structural Competency: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health for School Nurses
11:27 AM Rosetta Hairston Utilization Review and Utilization of Evidence Based Guidelines
11:45 AM Julianna Youssef Improving the Exclussive Breastfeeding Rate Through Education
12:00 / Noon LUNCH BREAK  
12:53 PM Mia Tiscareno Standardizing Universal Screening for Depression and Anxiety in Adolescents in Primary Care
01:10 PM (1310) Victoria Jackson Evaluation of a Care Management Program on Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
01:29 PM (1329) Tabo Mwikisa-Kelly Implementation of Web-based Patient Education in Newly Transplanted Kidney Recipients
01:47 PM (1347) Ana Viera-Martinez Expanding Labor Support Education to Perinatal Nurses Caring for Intrapartum Women
02:14 PM (1414) Nadieh Samiaei Examining the Effectiveness of Physical Activity Patient Education in Improving HbA1c
02:32 PM (1432) Nikiesha T. Redus Nurse Practitioner-Led Hepatits C Virus Education in a Central Valley Opioid Treatment Program
02:50 PM (1450) David Renfro Experiences of Transitioning Medics and Hospital Corpsman
03:08 PM (1508) Trinh Nguyen Does the Enhanced Recovery Pathway Decrease Length of Stay and Readmission Rates in Patients undergoing Gynecologic Surgery?
03:25 PM (1526) James Wong Health promotion modules for Migrant Young Adults in obesity prevention
03:45 PM (1545) DNP Team Thank You and Closing remarks