A DNP Intensive retreat (DNPI) is an optional experience for candidates in the DNP program. Participants will meet in a location to focus on a DNP Project premise or proposal with a faculty member and other candidates who are at similar stages in their DNP Project writing process. Participants spend every day—and evenings—drafting, receiving on-site faculty feedback, revising, and editing.
Attendees will work directly with DNP faculty members who have expertise in project development and research design as well as Writing Center Staff to develop and strengthen writing skills required for the DNP Scholarly Project.
Each DNP intensive retreat is limited to approximately 12-20 participants (this is subject to change and depends on location and venue). The ratio of faculty to students ranges from 1:7 – 1:9 in order to allow for individualized attention and immediate feedback.
Group and individual sessions provide detailed information on use of the library, writing a literature review, project methodology, IRB application and oral project presentations. Program content will be specific to the DNP Project, including the DNP Project Process Guide and the necessary Checklists and Forms for DNP Project completion. Attendees will spend time writing and meeting with faculty and writing staff members to obtain personalized assistance with their DNP Project writing.
Tentative session topics may include:
At the end of each retreat day, participants “check in” with the faculty members on progress made, barriers and facilitators to effective and efficient writing, and goals for the next day. Many participants take full advantage of their time away from home, work, family, and other obligations by continuing to write during the evening.
Participants will also network with peer colleagues who are in the DNP Project writing process and develop peer writing support groups that often continue to motivate and support each other after the conclusion of the experience.
The following are key learning outcomes you will be expected to achieve as part of your DNP intensive retreat experience: