Board of Advisors

June 26 Summit Note Template

Outline of Thoughts Collected at the Inaugural Summit Meeting, June 26, 2024

The purpose of this organization is to provide a venue and vehicle for doctoral prepared nurses to collaborate and demonstrate joint efforts to improve health care outcomes. Why is this needed? Doctoral prepared nurses in all venues are prone to working in isolation (researchers with researchers, practice doctorates, educators with educators, and nursing scientists with nursing scientists). Collaboration is expected and anticipated, yet are we collectively doing our best to address pressing social and health issues? The creators of this organization believe we can do better.

Categories that can benefit from a formal collaborative effort:

  • Practice: Any and all clinical practices where the talents of doctoral prepared nurses can impact health care outcomes. Examples:
    • Exploring methods to address complex care through research and rapid application of research to practice,
    • Addressing social dynamics that negatively impact the delivery of health care services,
    • Identifying and addressing systems that would benefit from a formal research service to enhance outcomes.
  • Administration/Leadership: Identify and develop areas that would be favorably impacted by a collaboration of doctoral prepared nurses of various backgrounds. Examples:
    • Addressing dynamics of systems that rely on professional nurses to deliver care efficiently and cost effectively,
    • Identifying and analyzing administrative methods that impact patient service delivery through formalized research and structured translation in a real-time environment,
    • Finesse existing systems through translational research while highlighting processes that can be enhanced through a formal and detailed process that requires collaborating practice and research professional colleagues.
  • Informatics: Explore and develop a list of opportunities for doctoral prepared nurses to maximize the themes, concepts, and services in informatics and technology. Examples,
    • Analyze existing systems through the eyes of researchers collaborating with practice professionals to enhance the end product being explored,
    • Generate items to explore and challenge to identify areas that can be enhanced through formal and informal mechanisms,
    • Address consistency, complexity, and sustainability of technology opportunities to formally demonstrate methods of application in the context of longitudinal research methods.
  • Education: Identify how doctoral prepared nurses can work together to yield better student outcomes. Examples,
    • Bring the best qualities of PhD, EdD, DNSc, DrPH, and DNP to analyze and enhance curricula,
    • Generate research of discovery and simultaneously apply it to the practice of educational efforts to demonstrate creative and out-of-the-box enhancement,
    • Explore the pros, cons, and opportunities for tenure or non-tenure tracks investigating consistency in academia and the nursing profession.
  • Research: Strategize steps and techniques to promote original research, support translational research, and feed the talents of colleagues toward our common goals. Examples,
    • Tap into the front-line practice colleague to recommend and refine research of discovery,
    • Realize a collaboration between researchers and translation of research through a team format of colleagues with diverse backgrounds,
    • Maximize the opportunity to assure a structured approach to research, translational research, and assurance of sustainable and translatable improved outcomes.
  • Diversity: Identify steps to build coalitions and team efforts to build on the strengths of our diversity to address equity, inclusion, and improved health care outcomes
    • Build collaboration of doctoral prepared colleagues to address disparities of numerous social issues that threaten the strengths of inclusion,
    • Identify and prioritize identified social determinants of health that are impacted by a lack of inclusion, equity, or diversity,
    • Realize structural and social change as a result of collaboration with motivated researchers and practice clinicians joining forces for mutual goals.


Improve healthcare outcomes and delivery systems through the collaboration of doctoral prepared nurses.


  1. Advance collaboration with colleagues embracing all nursing doctorate degrees,
  2. Promote the dissemination of health care services techniques that demonstrate healthcare improvements,
  3. Demonstrate intra and interprofessional collaboration among all healthcare professional partners, and,
  4. Integrate research-based evidence to impact healthcare services and policy nationally and internationally.

The Academy of Doctoral Prepared Nurses and its associated peer-reviewed journal are being developed now with the goal of opening it up for membership and participation in the 3rd Quarter of 2023. Maximizing the skills and talents of collaborating doctoral prepared nurses is the overarching goal.

Update: The efforts to have this organization up and running by the time of the 16th National DNP Conference were not realized. We have work to do in assuring the infrastructure is in place to accommodate and support the expansion of services. Please stay tuned. More information will follow.

Elements and activities to be addressed before the ADPN  can become a reality: 

  • Website infrastructure to accommodate and promote this effort,
  • Membership structure and processes to assure equity and ease of access,
  • Content availability to assure that membership rewards are significant and valuable, and,
  • Strategizing the development and growth of the Journal of the Academy of Doctoral Prepared Nurses.