Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The targeted transplant center's abdominal organ transplant unit had difficulty providing
adequate education to patients prior to discharge, which had resulted in a 24% readmission rate within 30 days due to infections. Patients and caregivers were unavailable to receive education despite multiple attempts, which made it challenging for health care providers to complete this aspect of their job, resulting in a negative impact on patients' long-term outcomes. A more structured educational environment was needed to provide appropriate and effective patient and caregiver education to increase adherence and positive outcomes. The health promotion model served as a foundation for the development of the evidence-based educational process and materials. A panel of 6 experts was invited to review the evidence-based, theory-supported educational materials along with the staff and caregiver educational process developed for the unit. Five experts participated in the formative and summative evaluation of the educational process, materials, and the evaluation tool. Results of the evaluations demonstrated that a majority (83%) of the experts found the educational materials and process were essential, accurate, and provided a more structured environment that afforded health care providers the ability to maintain compliance with the targeted transplant center's education policy. The materials, process, and evaluation tool will be implemented at the site. Social change will result from increased patient engagement and confidence in self-care; improved caregiver ability to assist the patient; and reduced risk of noncompliance, readmissions, and poor outcomes.