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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joanne Minnick


The placement of an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) is a commonly performed clinical procedure which may become challenging for the clinician and painful for the patient. In response to urologic complications attributed to repeated failed IUC insertion attempts by nurses, a difficult urinary catheter (DUC) team program was launched in October 2012. The purpose of the doctoral project was to conduct a quality improvement evaluation of the effectiveness of the DUC team program using retrospective data from May 1, 2013 through May 31, 2017. Benner's novice to expert model was chosen as the theoretical framework to guide the additional training, critical thinking, problem-solving, and skill acquisition necessary for team member inclusion. The practice-focused question for the project answered whether DUC team nurses, through advanced training and demonstrated procedural competence, have been effective with DUC insertions. Sources of evidence included primary and secondary articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as clinical evidence collected from internal sources. During the project time-line, 463 DUC team consultations were recorded with an insertion success rate of 89.6%. Based on the DUC team concept, additional didactic content and simulation training may be developed for other cognitive and skill-based clinical procedures. The implications for positive social change include improved patient safety and comfort, as well as cost savings for the organization and overall healthcare system.

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