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Nurses in DNP program

Doctor of Nursing Practice
Program in Executive Leadership



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.

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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 DNP program can be completed asynchronously online in 2 years. Courses run eight weeks in duration and are taken one at a time in a cohort sequence.
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2nd Cohort beginning in August 2024!


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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 (2021) The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education. Learning is facilitated by faculty with a variety of areas of nursing and leadership expertise and who are experienced in online nursing education.

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

Max Ghaffari

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

Deborah Jezuit

Deborah Jezuit, PhD, MS, RN
Department Chair & Associate Professor, Nursing and Health; Director of RN to BSN Program

Margaret Richey

Margaret Richey, EdD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor

Alison Ridge

Alison Ridge, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, Program Director, Nursing and Health (Graduate)

Peggy Young

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

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Department of Nursing and Health
Fax: (630) 829-1154
COB programs Advisor
Ph.D.) and DNP
Jenny Jeschke, M.A.
[email protected]
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