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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Diane Whitehead


Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and primary cause of long-term disability in the United States. Public awareness of stroke symptoms and ability to activate the emergency medical system (EMS) quickly are essential for early treatment. At a large Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center with over 6,000 employees, a stroke champion program that included both clinical and nonclinical volunteers was initiated to determine whether stroke champion volunteers could learn and disseminate information about stroke symptoms and the importance of activating EMS within their community. Roger's diffusion-of- innovation framework was used to design and evaluate the outcome of the project. A survey of 46 stroke champion hospital clinical and nonclinical employee volunteers was conducted using a secured web-based survey that employed a Likert scale to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The survey collected information on whether the stroke champion needed a license to perform their job at the hospital and evaluated the content of the program, the setting of the meeting, presenter's effectiveness, instructional method, and learners achievement of the programs objectives. Over 90% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the program achieved the objectives set forth in each category of the survey. A stroke champion program that incorporates all employees, not just nurses, could bring about positive social change by increasing health literacy through the dissemination of stroke information to all community members.

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