Abigail Eby (New Holland, Pa.), an emergency room nurse at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, successfully defends her scholarly project to become Alvernia’s first post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate.
“Abigail has successfully achieved her professional goals,” said Alvernia’s BSN-DNP Program Director Louise Fura. “I have no doubt that she will provide high-quality, safe care as an advanced practice nurse in caring for future patients.”
Eby completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Alvernia in 2012. While at Alvernia, Abby became a cadet in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and began daily training with the Army. Following graduation, she was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Following four years of active duty in the Army, Eby accepted the position at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital and enrolled with the first group of BSN-DNP students in 2016 to pursue her career goal of serving as a family nurse practitioner.
“I would like to thank all those who have assisted in my education for both my BSN and now DNP,” said Eby. “I look forward to moving into the role of Advanced Practice Provider and continuing to be an ambassador for Alvernia University and the nursing department.”
Eby’s successful defense of her scholarly project “Nursing Facility Staff Education to Decrease Hospital Readmissions Due to Sepsis: A Pilot Test” in late July and earned her the distinction of the first Alvernia DNP degree.
Alvernia’s DNP Program is a terminal degree program that paves the way for BSN graduates to complete advance nursing practice clinical coursework and DNP requirements in one combined effort. This program, designed for working nurses, offers nurse practitioner courses in an evening online blended format. Upper-level (doctoral) courses are primarily online with several short residency (on-campus) requirements.