DNP graduates in administrative and population-based (public health) specialties focus their practices on aggregates: populations, systems, organizations, and state or national policies.
These specialties generally do not have direct patient care responsibilities. However, DNP graduates practicing at the systems/organization level are still called upon to define actual and emerging problems and design aggregate-level health interventions. These activities require that DNP graduates be competent in advanced organizational, systems or community assessment techniques, in combination with an expert-level understanding of nursing and related biological and behavioral sciences.
The DNP graduate preparing for advanced specialty practice at the population/organizational/systems level demonstrates competencies in conducting comprehensive organizational, systems, and/or community assessments to identify aggregate health or system needs; working with diverse stakeholders for inter- or intra-organizational achievement of health-related organizational or public policy goals; and designing patient-centered care delivery systems or policy-level delivery models.
Karen Stefaniak, PhD, RN
Baptist Health Lexington Nursing Consultant