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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joan Moon


Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a public health epidemic causing a rise in morbidity and mortality in the United States with disruption of victims and their families’ lives and a financial burden on the nation’s economy. The problem identified for this DNP project was nurses’ lack of knowledge of OUD and the impact on care and attitudes toward OUD patients. Framed within the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation model of instructional design, the purpose was to plan and evaluate a staff education program on OUD. The evidence from the literature to support the need for this project showed that nurses lack knowledge related to OUD and that obtaining the knowledge can result in eliminating barriers to care and stigmatizing attitudes. Content experts for the project included two PhD faculty members in nursing and public health, and a MS prepared project coordinator in the state disability services office. The experts evaluated the detailed curriculum plan and provided a judgment of the degree of relevance for the items of the pretest/posttest. The curriculum plan was evaluated indicating either met or not met with results showing that the 5 learning objectives were judged to be relevant to the evidence-based literature. The pretest/posttest was validated resulting in a content validity index of 1 indicating high content validity. The evidence from the project showed that the education program is ready to present to the intended nurse audience. This DNP project has the potential for improving nursing knowledge to facilitate patient care and reduce stigmatization of OUD patients thus improving the human condition.

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