Nurses in DNP program

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Program in Executive Leadership


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Innovative and complex healthcare systems need nurses to shape the future of practice, lead organization change, and practice at the highest level of nursing expertise.

To meet the continually changing demands and ensure cost effective, safe, and quality nursing care, Benedictine University’s Department of Nursing and Health offers its online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership to prepare graduate registered nurses to serve and lead in positions of influence and impact across the healthcare system. The Benedictine University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Executive Leadership provides an innovative curriculum designed for working professionals seeking to assume positions of leadership focused on the transformation of healthcare across the nation. Foundational to the program is the model of caring within the context of community which is fostered through engaging dialogue and meaningful interactions with faculty, colleagues, and clinical partners.

Candidates for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program have the opportunities to:

Integrate nursing knowledge and science and relevant science-based theories as the basis for the highest level of nursing practice.
Critically appraise existing research to determine and implement the best evidence to advance the scholarship of nursing.
Use systems thinking and current leadership practices to develop healthcare policy intended to promote a culture of safety and deliver quality cost-effective care.
Conduct informed decision-making based on relevant data and information technology to effectively communicate strategic initiatives that support nursing practice.
The postgraduate degree program can be completed in 24-26 months. Courses run eight weeks in duration and are taken one at a time in a cohort sequence.
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1st Cohort starting in August 2023!

Gap class starts Fall 2022

If you don’t have 500 hours needed to take the first DNP course, you can take our NRHL 7000: Graduate Clinical Immersion Practicum course.* This course is offered several times per year and for various credit hours to fit into your schedule.

If you don’t have 500 hours, we’ll get you there!

*Prior to beginning the DNP course sequence, students are required to provide evidence of 500 hours of clinical practice at the master’s level which will be verified by the director of the DNP program. Students who do not have a minimum of 500 hours of clinical practice at the graduate level will work with the director of the DNP program to complete the requirement through enrollment in NRHL 7000: Graduate Clinical Immersion Practicum via variable credit hour supervised practicum experiences.

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DNP Program Requirements - Lisle

Advance Leadership Expertise

Students advance their knowledge and leadership expertise through focused coursework, clinical practice experiences, and completion of a DNP project. The program facilitates the shaping of DNP students into visionary nurse leaders prepared to drive innovation and serve in leadership roles that impact the future of nursing and healthcare delivery.

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Immersed in Catholic and Benedictine Traditions

The DNP Program is unique in providing a doctoral nursing education immersed in Catholic and Benedictine traditions and values. Program outcomes align with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently revised Essentials document. Learning is facilitated by faculty experienced in online nursing education and with a variety of areas of nursing expertise and leadership.

Scholarly Writing Across the Curriculum

Coursework will engage students in scholarly writing across the curriculum and key concepts inherent to executive nursing leadership including translation of scholarly research to drive equitable healthcare outcomes, ethical and legal considerations related to leadership, health policy and advocacy, leading a culture of quality and safety, addressing work force issues, information systems and technology, and advanced financial management. The DNP project is completed in a four-course sequence from proposal to dissemination with guidance of a faculty mentor.

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Exceptional Collaboration

Benedictine University’s DNP program is exceptional in its collaboration with distinguished colleagues who teach doctoral courses in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business. This partnership facilitates learning experiences with nationally renowned leaders in organizational development that will further transform DNP students to lead innovation for quality outcomes and healthcare equity.

Nursing and Health Faculty

Cheryl Antonich

Cheryl Antonich, MS
Coordinator of MSN Program Operations

Mary Beth Billie

Mary Beth Billie, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, CCM
Assistant Professor

Max Ghaffari

Masoud "Max" Ghaffari, B.Sc, MD_FMG, MEd, BSN, MSN, PhD
Associate Professor

Deborah Jezuit

Deborah Jezuit, PhD, MS, RN
Associate Professor

Joan Libner

Joan Libner, EdD, MSN, FRE, RN-GERO-BC, CNE
Department Chair

Janet LoVerde

Janet LoVerde, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
RN to BSN Program Director
Assistant Professor

Gina Panozzo

Gina Panozzo, DNP, MSN, RN-PMH-BC, CNE
Assistant Professor

Margaret Richey

Margaret Richey, EdD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Alison Ridge

Alison Ridge, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE
MSN Program Director
Associate Professor

Peggy Young

Margaret "Peggy" Young, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS
Assistant Professor

Department of Nursing and Health
Phone: 630-829-1152
Fax: 630-829-1154

Alison Ridge, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor
[email protected]
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Joan Libner, EdD, MSN, FRE, RN-GERO-BC, CNE
Department Chair, Nursing and Health
RN to BSN Program Director
[email protected]
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