Finding support: Evaluating the use of a virtual DNP final project peer support community in a limited-residency program
Review TypeFaculty Approved: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2020-06-24T21:28:49Z
Author DetailsPamela Simon-Card DNP, APRN, ND, CTN
Lead Author AffliationJacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
TypeDNP Capstone Project
Level of EvidenceQuality Improvement
Research ApproachMixed/Multi Method Research
KeywordsDoctoral student persistence; DNP students; Limited-residency program; Peer Support; Student connectedness; Perceived stress; Virtual Community of Practice
Problem Statement: The high number of doctoral students leaving their studies before completion of their degree is a concern of both students and educational institutions. Identification of barriers to DNP student persistence is needed, along with the development of strategies to address them. Project Purpose: The primary aim of the project is to determine the effect of a virtual DNP Final Project Peer Support Community with Final Project Resources Toolkit on students' perception of connectedness, peer community and perceived stress regarding their DNP final project experience in a limited residency program.
Methods: A longitudinal, quasi-experimental one-group pre/post-intervention design was utilized to examine the effects of the virtual Final Project Peer Support Community on the perception of peer connectedness and perceived stress using the Doctoral Student Connectedness Scale and Perceived Stress Scale surveys along with a demographic and evaluation survey.
Analysis/Results: Ten participants completed the pre-intervention surveys, with 7 completing the post-intervention surveys. Comparison of differences between pre and post-intervention scores resulted in a statistically non-significant relationship between student use of the virtual community and student connectedness and perceived stress due to the small sample size with small and medium effect sizes. Evaluation surveys indicated participation in the DNP Final Project Peer Support Community was a positive experience for participants with additional positive comments made including ease of access, usefulness of the online Final Project Resources Toolkit, and appreciation of the opportunity to connect with other DNP students.
DescriptionAuthor is recipient of Sigma Theta Tau Lambda Rho At-Large Chapter 2018 Research Grant
Degree GrantorJacksonville University
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