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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Richard McWhirt


AbstractDiabetes mellitus is metabolic disease that causes elevated blood glucose levels resulting in long-term health complications and medical costs. This project was aimed at addressing the lack of confidence and knowledge staff had when teaching patients diabetes self-management interventions. The purpose of this project was to develop an evidence-based educational program for staff working in an outpatient clinic in the northeastern United States. The analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation model and Watson’s theory of human caring provided frameworks for the project development and implementation. A diabetic nurse educator, a family nurse practitioner, and the chief medical officer served as content experts to evaluate program content and provide recommendations prior to project implementation. The content experts evaluated the learning objectives related to the staff education curriculum plan, the content and literature review, and pre-/postevaluation questionnaire. The experts were asked to rate the content as 1 = met or 2 = unmet. All the content experts rated each objective as met. The educational program was presented to six staff nurses at the facility. The results showed a 90% increase in their knowledge and confidence levels from the pre- and posttest evaluation questionnaires. This project promotes social change through enhancing nursing staff knowledge on diabetes self-management, which can lead to improved patient knowledge of diabetes and self-care management as well as foster an appreciation of and for healthy living.

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