Doctor of Nursing Practice
“The DNP has impacted the way I think about problems, policy issues, professional practice and interpersonal issues at work."
Nancy Jaworski’s work with preschoolers at risk of not succeeding in school was meant to prepare her for a career in education. Instead the experience led her to nursing. “As I became more interested in the reasons children were at risk for failure or why they fell behind, nursing offered more answers and more opportunities,” said Jaworski.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, Jaworski went on to earn her master’s degree and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University as well. “The University of Minnesota is, in my opinion, one of the finest nursing schools in the country,” said Jaworski. “I have had the opportunity to precept, or orient, many students from other schools and find while they are all well prepared, students from the University of Minnesota, whether undergrad or graduate level, are uniquely well prepared to function in high level conversations about quality care.”
With interests in quality improvement, system level work and informatics along with patient care, Jaworski chose the pediatric clinical nurse specialist track within the DNP program. She is now a pediatric clinical nurse specialist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, where she works with children who have serious and life-limiting illnesses like cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, birth anomalies and organ failure.
She said she uses the knowledge she gained obtaining her DNP degree daily. “The DNP has impacted the way I think about problems, policy issues, professional practice and interpersonal issues at work. While I would like to think that my success with patients and families is mostly a result of my hard work, it certainly has been shaped by the education I received in the DNP program at the University of Minnesota,” said Jaworski, who added that her education has given her the confidence to approach physicians and other health professionals with options and resources for her patients and their families.
“Part of the reason I am who I am, personally and professionally, is a result of my nursing education at the University of Minnesota,” said Jaworski.