Dissemination of doctor of nursing practice project findings: Benefits and challenges associated with publishing in healthcare journals.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs require a project to improve outcomes in a health care setting. However, dissemination methods vary.


This evaluation examined benefits and challenges associated with submitting project manuscripts to a peer-reviewed health care journal in a DNP program with this requirement.


Benefits and challenges were assessed with surveys completed by 85 DNP program alumni and 28 DNP mentors and by interviewing 5 faculty who teach in the DNP program and 5 editors of nursing journals.


Benefits of completing a manuscript included sharing knowledge to improve health care outcomes and enhancing nursing scholarship. Among alumni, 81% reported manuscript development was beneficial and 69% published their work. Most students, most faculty, and all editors endorsed the requirement with alternatives for projects lacking rigor or innovation. Challenges included need for faculty involvement and editorial/statistical resources.


Despite challenges, there are benefits of publishing rigorous and innovative DNP work.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ayala, FJ; DeBoard, E; Waldrop, J; Pereira, K; Oermann, MH; Silva, SG

Published Date

  • November 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 846 - 855

PubMed ID

  • 36396500

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-3968

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-6554

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.outlook.2022.07.011


  • eng