Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Cheryl Leuning, PhD, RN

Second Advisor

Kristin McHale DNP, RN

Third Advisor

FadumaSara Ali DNP, APRN, CNP


As patient populations of Minnesota and the nation become more diverse there is much work to do in preparing a nursing workforce that has the experiences and attributes to provide holistic and culturally congruent care. The process of holistic admissions admits the most qualified applicants into schools of nursing who bring with them life experiences and crucial attributes. These holistic aspects of the applicants support both academic success and promote quality nursing practice. Holistic review aims to align the mission and vision of academic institutions with the admissions process ensuring that both the applicant and organization are clear in their commitment to a holistic nursing practice. This project created and implemented a holistic review process in a consortium made up of eight schools of nursing. Using a developmental evaluation model, ongoing assessment, and readjustments allowed for the formation of a process that considers applicants holistically, while maintaining a manageable workflow for involved institutions. This project also considered the importance of sustainability, while caring out translational research by documenting the process clearly so it can be followed each admission cycle. The commitment to holism extends beyond admissions to include education and ultimately nursing practice to ensure culturally responsive care for all patients and a nursing workforce that can meet the demands of a rapidly changing population.


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