Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Barbara Niedz


Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients have coronary angiograms performed in the United States. The Impella is a percutaneous ventricular support device that provides hemodynamic support for patients if hemodynamic instability occurs during the procedure. The critical care nurse is responsible for the recovery and management of the patient with the Impella device in place. The purpose of this scholarly project is to provide registered nurses (RN) who have not previously managed the Impella device with the appropriate education in order to demonstrate competency. The program demonstrated improved RN knowledge about the Impella and increased confidence when managing the Impella device and controller. King's goal attainment theory was used as a framework to develop nurse-patient collaboration. Kirkpatrick's 4-level training evaluation model provided the framework for evaluation of the RN educational program. The sources of evidence included literature and an expert panel that was recruited to evaluate the material prior to implementation of the educational program. The data were analyzed by comparing the results of the preeducational and posteducational questionnaires. The paired t test demonstrated statistical significance based on the scores from the pre- and post-tests taken by the RNs before and after the Impella educational program as p < .001. Increased RN confidence was demonstrated by p < .001, while a change in RN attitude towards the Impella established improvement by p < .001. Providing professional development opportunities has been shown to benefit RNs to allow the delivery of safe care while allowing for positive social change by impacting patient lifestyle and outcomes.