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Nursing Student is First DNP Candidate to Successfully Defend Scholarly Project
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Diane McClureOn Monday, March 11, 2013, Diane McClure, DNP, RN, CCRN, CPNP, successfully defended her scholarly project to become the first graduate of Seton Hall University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. McClure, the Neonatal Advanced Practice nurse at St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson NJ, focused on direct care for her doctoral studies.

Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP, RN, APN, C, FAANP, FAAN, director of the DNP program noted, "Dr. McClure’s hard work and dedication have truly been inspiring. We could not be prouder of what she has accomplished here at Seton Hall."

The Seton Hall DNP program addresses the critical skills needed to translate evidence-based care into practice, to improve systems of care, and to measure outcomes of groups of patients, populations, and communities. The program culminates with a scholarly project, which is designed to address a practice issue affecting groups of patients, health care organizations or health care systems. The project is designed to give an opportunity for an in-depth analysis and synthesis of the literature on a topic of interest to the student that contributes to advance practice nursing.

McClure implemented an evidence-based protocol on infant-driven feeding for her scholarly project in pediatric direct care. When discussing her experience with the College of Nursing, McClure stated, "I completed my post-master's certificate here, I taught here and I'm back for my DNP; I really value the educational experience here."

Diane has been involved in nursing for over 30 years and has held positions as staff nurse, educator, nurse manager and clinical nurse specialist. She is a bereavement counselor/coordinator thru Resolve with Sharing, a regional trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation program and a speaker for two pharmaceutical companies. Diane has presented numerous quality management projects and research abstracts on staffing, infection control and late preterm infants. In addition, Diane serves as editor of a homegrown unit-based newsletter called "Neofacts." Diane is a Caritas Coach thru the Watson Caring Science Institute and has recently completed the Integrative Healing Arts program at the BirchTree Center for Healthcare Transformation.

The DNP coursework is now online to promote an easy transition into doctoral studies. Students may choose a direct care concentration and/or a concentration in indirect care and is available for both post-baccalaureate and post-master’s applicants. DNP students follow a curriculum comprised of core courses that develop the relationships between healthcare policy, theory, research, epidemiology, ethics, organizational systems, finance and evidence-based practice. They then complete a clinical mentor-ship in which they build upon knowledge from previous course work to identify and implement a culturally competent, evidence-based practice project in their chosen concentration. For more information on the DNP program, please contact Susan Bolton at (973) 275-2359 or

About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the PhD program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing's mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. To learn more, visit our website at

For more information please contact:
Kristyn Kent
(973) 761-9291


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