Hello, I am Deena Nardi, the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and I would like to welcome you to our website, and to congratulate you for exploring the opportunities that a DNP degree can create for you. Our program prepares nurse who have MSN degrees for leadership roles as advanced practice nurses or advanced role nurses in health care practice, education and policy advocacy. Doctorally prepared nursing leaders are needed to transform health care policy and practice through nursing solutions. Our nurse-managed clinic in Joliet, Illinois, the St. Francis Clinic, one of our principle sites for clinical practice. Our program and the clinic were developed by advanced practice nurse faculty at the University of St. Francis, who were supported by Department of Health and Human Services HRSA and NEPR grants. Our clinic is one of the models of transformative healthcare described in as “Edgerunners” by the AAN.
In keeping with the Franciscan heritage and values of our university and college of nursing, our DNP degree program focuses on underserved and vulnerable individuals and families as our patient populations of interest. These vulnerable populations include the poorest of the poor, the displaced, the abused, the uninsured, and people with chronic mental or physical health diseases. In our work with these populations, we meet society’s need, strengthen families, and contribute to the health and wellbeing of our greater community. Our program offers full and part time study options, and our curriculum incorporates the following guidelines:
The DNP faculty and staff look forward to meeting you, and assisting you in meeting your educational and professional goals.
Deena Nardi, Ph.D., PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Professor and Director, DNP Program