Alumni Spotlight: Rene, DNP, “The Journey Was Worth Every Late Night”


Today, we’re sharing Rene’s story.  Rene graduated from Aspen’s RN-MSN program in 2020 and Aspen’s DNP program in 2023.  Rene kept striving to reach her educational and professional goals, despite dealing with illness.  Keep reading to learn more about Rene’s journey through her master’s and doctoral degrees.   “I graduated with my Associate Degree in … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer, DNP, “That Just Added Fuel to My Dedication”


Today, we’re sharing Jennifer’s story.  Jennifer graduated from Aspen’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program in November 2022.  Jennifer’s journey to earning her doctoral demonstrates the hard work and support of others that are crucial to earning a doctoral degree.   “As I reflect on my educational journey, the name Dr. Jennifer R. Law, DNP, RN, … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Patricia, DNP, “Go for the Gold”


Today, we’re sharing Patricia Reeves’ nursing journey.  Patricia graduated from Aspen University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program in January 2023, following her passion for education and sharing knowledge.  Keep reading for Patricia’s story.   “Nursing was my first love since. At age five, while playing with matches, I survived third-degree burns and was hospitalized for … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Christa, DNP, “This is my passion”


Today, we’re sharing Christa Cleveland’s story.  Christa has a passion for education and used Aspen’s MSN Nursing Education and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees to springboard her into the next phase of her career.  Let’s jump in.   “To say I knew my path upon graduating high school would be a lie. I knew I … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Michael, DNP, “Transcend Traditional Boundaries”


Today, we’re sharing Michael Gyekye’s story.  Michael attended Aspen University both for his MSN Nursing Education degree and his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which he completed in August 2022.  Michael’s journey shows that you can overcome obstacles, including distance, throughout your educational journey.  Keep reading for Michael’s story.   “Education serves as a transformative … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Kemley, DNP, “Shine Brightly Like a Diamond!”


Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Kemley Rhodes Russell, an Aspen University DNP alum who represents a commitment to continued learning and growth. Despite her health challenges, Kemley completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Aspen in 2022. Let’s take a look at her story.   ““Shine brightly like a diamond!” My mother used … Keep Reading

Alumni Spotlight: Ashley, DNP, “The Act of Gratitude”


Today, we’re highlighting Ashley Lunkenheimer’s DNP Project work, which focused on keeping nurses engaged in the workforce. Ashley graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in May 2022.  Here’s Ashley’s story.   ““I’d like to be the first person to introduce you to Dr. Ashley Lunkenheimer!” My professor Dr. Paul announced to my family … Keep Reading

Finding Your DNP Project Site: 7-Step Guide


Obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree is a monumental accomplishment for any nurse, but reaching the pinnacle of your education is no easy feat. A significant component of the DNP program includes the implementation of an evidence-based quality-improvement project through immersion hours in a healthcare facility. However, finding a practicum site that supports … Keep Reading

What Can You Do With a DNP Degree?


With so many options for nursing education, one of the highest degrees a nurse can pursue is a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The demand for DNP-prepared nurses has increased exponentially in the past decade. But what are the next steps after you’ve obtained the terminal degree? What can you do with a DNP degree? What … Keep Reading