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Meet Mark Riccioni, NP, 2017 Melnic DNP Scholarship Recipient

Posted on March 29, 2017   |   by   |   Conferences, Job Seekers

Congratulations, Mark Riccioni, NP, winner of the 5th annual Melnic DNP Student Scholarship Award!

Melnic is proud to recognize Mark Riccioni, MSN NP, with the 2017 DNP Student Scholarship award, in partnership with the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

Mark is an NP at Texas Children’s Hospital and serves as Associate Director of Education, Pediatric Critical Care at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. We sat down with him during the awards banquet at the NAPNAP National Conference to learn more about his career path and future goals.

How long have you been a PNP? 

I have been a PNP for 12 years and have worked in pediatric critical care medicine since I graduated in 2004. I was a paramedic for 7 years before enrolling in the pediatric nurse practitioner program. Prior to becoming a paramedic, I worked in human resources.

What made you decide to further your education, and which DNP program did you choose?

I began the DNP program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in the Fall of 2015 with an expected graduation date of May 2018. I chose to enroll in the DNP program to further my career, expand my leadership skills, and to become an expert in nursing practice.

We’d love to hear about your selected project.

Melnic DNP Scholarship Recipient Mark Riccioni, MSN, NP with his wife, Nicole Knox Riccioni, MSN, MPH, RN, CPN

My topic is Interdisciplinary Rounding to Reduce Critical Care Length of Stay. I will be introducing a daily goal sheet on rounds that serves as a checklist to prompt discussion on key items such as line necessity, labs, and discharge readiness. The daily goal sheet will be used in the Progressive Care Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital. My aim is to reduce the average hospital length of stay by 5% in a three month period. I also aim to improve communication among the healthcare teams to improve care coordination and focused goal accomplishment.

What is your dream job?

I love to teach new advanced practice providers. My dream job would be to create and implement a new hire orientation program and ongoing education website for critical care advanced practice providers that could be used nationwide.

Lastly, we would love to know something fun about you.

I am a thrill seeker. I have been bungee jumping and sky diving. I am married and have two beautiful daughters ages 4 and 6 who rule my world.

About the Melnic DNP Student Scholarship Award

The Melnic DNP Student Scholarship Award supports the education of one pediatric-focused nurse practitioner doctoral student. The recipient is selected based on his or her ability to demonstrate innovative solutions through clinical competence and academic achievement, encourage involvement in NAPNAP, and promote his or her own professional development.

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