Mr. Kennon McCollum, RN, MSN, FNP-C, began his Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) coursework spring 2011 and has set a standard of excellence throughout his program of study.
Kennon continues to pursue his passion for cancer survivorship programs and focused his scholarly project on the evaluation of quality of life for those who had been medically deemed survivors of breast or colon cancer. He has synthesized the scientific evidence and tailored interventions based on quality of life needs for this diverse population who shares the common bond of cancer survivorship. Kennon has worked with an interdisciplinary team that he recruited and trained to facilitate this program and scholarly work. His efforts clearly demonstrate leadership in the clinical arena that will advance health care delivery at the organizational and systems levels to improve health outcomes.
Kennon is the only student in his Writing for Publication course who actually developed his work into a manuscript entitled “Identifying Barriers to Cancer Survivorship Programs” which has since been published in the Oncology Nurse Advisor. He was the recipient of the 2012 DNP Writing for Excellence Award and has recently been nominated for the Marietta P. Stanton Outstanding DNP Student Award at the Capstone College of Nursing.
Kennon has attended each Joint DNP Intensive since his admission to the program and was selected for both a poster and paper presentation at this year’s Intensive.
As a student, Kennon has graciously offered his strategies for navigating the DNP program and has agreed to informally mentor a struggling student in his peer group. He has already expressed a desire to serve as an alumni mentor/adjunct faculty upon completion of the DNP program.
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