The Department of Academic Nursing celebrated its second Annual Doctor of Nursing Practice Poster Symposium on Friday, August 20. The symposium provided an opportunity for graduating Doctor of Nursing Practice students to present their innovative, diverse, and engaging scholarly work. These projects include a focus on advocacy, policy development, healthcare prevention, care protocols, and pioneering healthcare education.
On August 21, eight Academic Nursing students were awarded DNP degrees at a graduation ceremony held at the Stevens Center. Among the students, five different nursing specialties were represented, including Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Educators, Nurse Directors, Nurse Anesthetists, and Nurse Leaders. The students selected Temple Michaels Kellermann, MSN, RN, CNOR, Director of Nursing for Perioperative Services at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to represent their class as a speaker at the ceremony. One outstanding student, Katie Fitzpatrick, MSN, RN, DNP, Nurse Educator with Charlotte Area Health Education Center, was awarded the DNP Excellence in Doctoral Education Award for her outstanding scholarship and leadership in the program. Congratulations to our DNP graduates for completing this milestone in their educational journeys!