Nurse returns to TU for Doctorate in Nursing Practice - Oxley College of Health Sciences

Nurse returns to TU for Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Molly Hannagan is a registered nurse who has been working in Tulsa since 1998 when she earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from The University of Tulsa School of Nursing. Since then, her field experience has been vast, ranging from serving as the operating room manager for Plastic Surgery Center of Tulsa, as a trauma team nurse for St. John Hospital’s emergency department and a NICU nurse at Saint Francis hospital. Now, Hannagan is advancing her career by working toward her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree at TU’s Oxley College of Health Sciences.

Only a small percentage of nurses in this country have a doctoral degree. In a recent study on The Future of Nursing conducted by the Institute of Nursing and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, there will be twice as many doctoral graduate nurses by 2020 due to the demand for nurses to take on more responsible positions.

In addition to extensive clinical training, students in the DNP program at TU’s School of Nursing receive extensive instruction in the translational research process as a part of a clinically focused project in their field of study. The process involves clinical problem identification and analysis, evidence discovery and appraisal, organizational management and leadership in implementing new evidence and outcomes analysis. Students work closely with faculty and healthcare provider mentors as they design their project. Training in translational research combined with clinical training, prepares graduates to bring evidence-based practice to their patients and serve as leaders in the health care community.

TU’s School of Nursing offers a DNP degree with concentrations including Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and a post-master’s to DNP program that provides advanced practice nurses including CRNAs, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists or certified nurse midwives with the opportunity to advance their education by building on previous academic work and clinical experience.

“The technology available at TU’s skills lab is unbelievable,” said Hannagan. “The state of the art equipment will make me a better practitioner.” Hannagan will be a family nurse practitioner when she graduates. She credits her professors for helping to make the students the best they can be. “In most programs, you have to make your own arrangements for preceptors. At TU, our professors arrange for clinical preceptors and make sure we get the clinical rotations we need to be successful,” said Hannagan.

Hannagan, who expects to graduate in 2019, is a member of the American and Oklahoma Nurses Associations.