Dr. Roger Rholdon is the SLEMCO/BORSF III Endowed Professor of Nursing in the LHC Group · Myers School of Nursing. His research interests include infant safe sleep practices and the teaching of evidence-based practice to nursing students.
Earlier this year, Rholdon was honored as an Outstanding Doctoral Mentor by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development for 2020-2021.
The DNP program prepares its graduates to use the highest levels of scientific knowledge and practice expertise in a complex healthcare environment. The faculty have earned a reputation not only for their expertise, but also their dedication to connecting with students.
“We have amazing faculty in our DNP program that work with our students to be successful and to support and guide them to their goal of becoming a DNP-prepared nurse,” Rholdon says.
Students in the program learn to use research on evidence-based practices to transform health care models, health care policy, and direct patient care. They receive personalized feedback throughout the program, and build relationships that continue beyond graduation.
“I want them to come away from the program knowing that we are preparing them to be leaders in our community and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to lead and improve patient and systems outcomes,” he notes.
To mentor students through the rigorous program, Rholdon ensures that he is easily available to provide support to students, and advises them to “take it one day at a time.”
Bringing it All Together
Candidates for the DNP degree must complete a Synthesis Project by evaluating, integrating, and applying research-based evidence to improve patient care or practice outcomes.
As the culmination of the DNP coursework, it is a key demonstration of the student’s experience and growth and represents a significant contribution to the discipline.
“I really enjoy the process of the DNP Synthesis Project. Seeing the students successfully complete their projects makes me proud,” Rholdon says.
Not only does he witness their growth as DNP prepared nurses, but he is also able to “see the impact that their DNP projects have on our communities. I know they will come away from the program equipped to improve patient outcomes in the areas they serve.”