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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert McWhirt


Information from anecdotal interviews at a practicum site indicated a lack of training for advanced practice providers (APPs) in core competencies critical for effective practice in a heart failure (HF) unit. The goal of this project was to assess the APPs' verbal reports and develop HF unit-specific training for APPs. The practice-focused question examined whether unit-specific training for HF APPs improved knowledge and skills in HF management. The Johns Hopkins nursing evidence-based practice model and Knowles's adult learning theory were used to create a survey, a focus group, and a pre/posttest assessment of knowledge and skills gap. Descriptive and inferential statistics could be used to analyze pre/post survey data, and thematic analysis could be used to analyze focus group data. Assessment data could be used to develop a targeted HF program based on identified skill deficiencies. The implications of this project related to social change are the potential to increase APPs' knowledge, job engagement, and retention. The program could affect length of stay and 30-day readmission of patients in the HF unit.

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