Doctor of Nursing Practice
“Living in greater Minnesota, I found the program’s delivery of online coursework with 3 face-to-face classes on campus per semester a flexible option that worked in my busy schedule.”
Christine Andres is a full-time problem solver. Employed as a Family Health Supervisor and Public Health Nurse in Kanabec County, Minnesota while also completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice in public health nursing, she turned many of her course assignments into interventions that benefit the communities she serves on the job.
Given the shortage of primary care providers in rural communities, Christine is making a difference by using her education and clinical expertise to develop real world solutions to health care issues facing the residents in east-central Minnesota.
- After conducting an in-depth perinatal smoking community assessment, Christine developed a program to influence smoking cessation.
- Few mothers sustain breastfeeding for 6 months. In response, Christine implemented a process to follow-up with brand new mothers to offer breastfeeding support.
- Most local oral health providers don’t accept children on medical assistance. Christine worked with the local transportation system and the University’s Pediatric Dental Clinic to increase access to dental care for children.
- Because of high levels of naturally occurring radon, Christine created a radon report and fact sheets to educate the public health work force and provides free radon kits and education to the community .
Her goal is to improve the visibility and effectiveness of public health nursing in order to improve population health in Minnesota and nationally.
“The DNP program has provided a foundation for my advanced professional development,” Andres said. “With new knowledge and leadership skills, I feel more prepared to enhance public health nursing practice, impact policy development, use information technology and collaborate with other health entities to address complex population health issue.”
The goal of Christine’s final DNP project is to enhance the visibility of public health nurses in counties through intentional engagement with community partners and to assist in building a stronger foundation of nursing leadership to address healthcare reform efforts in the future.