Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joanne Minnick


The problem addressed in this project was the lack of experienced RNs needed in the acute care setting to deliver safe, quality patient care, while effectively managing resources and providing job satisfaction. The purpose of this project was to determine if an education module designed to educate charge and rover nurses on the Collaborative Care Model (CCM) would enhance staff nurses' abilities to provide safe, high quality care to patients, and improve staff nurse retention on one unit in an acute care setting. The theoretical frameworks utilized to guide the education module included: Lewin's theory of planned change, Benner's novice to expert model, and AACN's synergy model for patient care. The project question asked if an educative process designed around the CCM for charge nurses and rovers would result in improvement and sustainment of nursing quality indicators on the unit and improve staff nurse retention. The educational modules included two, four-hour education sessions with power point presentations and interactive assignments presented on two separate dates. Analysis of effectiveness was determined by comparing initial and post education nursing quality indicators (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems Dashboard and the Human Resources Score Card) for the unit. Results showed that staff turnover was reduced from 41% to 35.9% and patients' perceptions of teamwork increased from 47.4% to 60.9% following the education modules. This project contributes to positive social change by providing education to promote quality care and staff nurse retention.