Background: DNP Scholarly projects require review for scientific merit and human subject protection. Rapid growth of DNP programs and projects has increased Institutional Review Board (IRB) burden and increased the length of project approval time when most DNP scholarly projects are quality improvement (QI) projects and not deemed Human Subjects Research (HSR). Purpose: Develop a process and describe the rationale for creating and implementing a Project Ethical Review Committee (PERC) in the School of Nursing and to evaluate the experience of the first cohort of submissions. Process: Committee was formed using expert consensus approach, in collaboration with IRB. Standards of Procedures and training materials created. Outcome measure: 100 projects submitted to committee; 95 deemed QI (95%) and 5 projects considered HSR (5%). First 94 projects were reviewed, and approval letters sent within 8 weeks. Discussion: This paper discusses how PERC ensures rigorous and ethical review process for standardization, timeliness, and efficiency.
- DNP Scholarly Project
- Ethical Review Process
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Quality Improvement
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