Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Deborah A. Lewis
Non-healing wounds can claim thousands of lives and costs billions of dollars each year, and nurse-led wound clinics are becoming necessary to fill a gap in care for patients with wounds. Even among certified wound nurses using evidence-based clinical protocols, key considerations of care are being missed. Therefore, this project was focused on developing and validating a new biofilm education module for certified or certification eligible wound care nurses. The aim of the module was to boost clinical assessment knowledge and improve patient outcomes. Benners skill acquisition model informed the development of this project. The design of the project also included a panel of expert wound care nurses using a 5-point Likert questionnaire to provide feedback on the biofilm education module, including evaluating the content, context, relevance, and use in the practice setting. Descriptive analysis provided evidence to inform the revision of the education module. Results of the Likert questionnaire ranged in mean score from 4.6 to 5.0, indicating there was strong agreement among the panel members that the education module met the objectives. The completed education module has been presented to the organization leadership for future implementation. This project supports positive social change by improving nurses' preparation to provide early clinical assessment, intervention, and definitive biofilm eradication treatments, ultimately improving patient outcomes.