Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Marisa L. Wilson
Advanced practice providers (APPs), consisting of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, face many challenges in the provision of evidence-based practice in their management of hospitalized adult patients with diabetes. Some of the barriers faced by APPs at a Northeast acute care facility are poor communication between disciplines, lack of confidence in initiating insulin, limited understanding of the management of insulin and the insulin pump, and insufficient treatment of the hospitalized patient with diabetes that aligns with current clinical guidelines for the management of inpatient hyperglycemia. This quality improvement project focused on the development of an evidence-based theory supported educational intervention to improve APPs' knowledge regarding glycemic management. An interdisciplinary team created the educational intervention using the analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate (ADDIE) instructional model. A 10-member expert panel validated the program utilizing both a formative and summative evaluation. The results from the formative evaluation was discussed with the interdisciplinary team, corrections were made, and was returned to the expert panel. Once the changes were made to the satisfaction of the expert panel, the program was then validated and submitted to the institution as a completed project to be used by the institution for APPs. This project addresses social change by increasing awareness in the management of inpatients with diabetes therefore decreasing fragmented care delivered by the APPs which will improve quality of care and patient safety.