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TWU College of Nursing presents Capstone Symposium April 30


DALLAS — The Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing will showcase clinical research projects conducted by TWU’s inaugural doctor of nursing practice (DNP) class during its first Capstone Symposium Friday, April 30.

The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the auditorium of TWU’s Parkland campus, 5500 Southwestern Ave. in Dallas. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (214) 689-6597, email or visit

Phyllis Zimmer, MN, FNP, FAAN, president of the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium and will speak on “The DNP as a Clinical Leader.”

All 15 of TWU’s 2010 DNP candidates — who make up the university’s first ever DNP graduating class — will speak about their research and showcase their projects during poster presentations.

For a detailed schedule, including descriptions of the clinical research projects, visit

TWU received approval to offer the DNP program in 2007, and this first cohort of DNP students began their classes at the TWU Dallas-Parkland campus in 2008.

“The DNP prepares nurses for the highest level of nursing practice and provides them with the knowledge and skills to effect change in healthcare delivery and health policy,” said Dr. Peggy Mancuso, Ph.D., CNM, RN, coordinator of the TWU DNP program. “The DNP is the highest level of specialty clinical practice for nurses and also prepares them for positions as nursing faculty.”00

As a practice doctorate, the DNP is similar to several other degrees in health disciplines such as psychology (PsyD), pharmacy (PharmD), physical therapy (DPT), social work (DSW) and medicine (M.D.).

Several prestigious national healthcare organizations have called for a nursing practice doctorate to improve the country’s healthcare system. In a 2005 report, the National Academy of Sciences urged the development of a clinical doctoral degree in nursing similar to the M.D. and PharmD in medicine and pharmacy. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) also adopted a position statement in 2004 recommending that nurses practicing at the highest level should receive doctoral level preparation.

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