Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Kathleen Clark DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Kristin McHale DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Linda Yang APRN, DNP-FNP-C


This doctorate of nursing practice project aimed to restore or improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual health in the marginalized population in Rochester, Minnesota to promote human dignity and foster humanization through the opening of a nursing-led drop-in center. Guided by􏰈 Jean Watson􏰆s Theory of Human Caring, the Rochester Health Commons was opened and provided personal hygiene supplies, foot soaks, foot care, community resources, and most importantly offered a place for people to feel welcomed and cared for. Utilizing the concepts of transpersonal caring, authentic listening, mutuality, and radical hospitality, transcultural nursing students serving at the Rochester Health Commons reduced barriers to care and improved health and healing for all that entered the door. Guest counts were tracked each week and an increase in the number of returning guests was thought to be favorable. Comments made by guests were also tracked as means of evaluating the project and specific themes emerged that confirmed guests feel welcomed and cared for. The nurses gained wisdom and knowledge from the guests which helped decrease stigma and judgement advancing nursing practice.


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