Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Nurse practitioners are trained to use the electronic medical record (EMR) to document. Documentation in the EMR is often found to be incomplete, inaccurate, and unreliable, which affects the quality of care and patient safety outcomes. The purpose of the project was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of nurse practitioners' documentation in the EMR. Malcolm Knowles' adult learning theory was used in this project to develop the education program. Kirkpatrick's training evaluation model was also used to analyze and evaluate the project. The study population included 5 primary care nurse practitioners in an ambulatory care setting using Cerner EMR. The practice-focused question was centered on whether a structured scenario-based training in Cerner would improve the completeness, accuracy, and reliability of EMR documentation. The 5 nurse practitioners were educated using structured, scenario-based training in EMR. The Cerner Advance database showed that there was an average decrease of two seconds in the documentation post-education when compared to the documentation time pre-education. Results for patient quality outcomes indicated that 2 out of 3 quality measures were performed above the national mean. The implication of this study for positive social change includes providing structured education using scenario-based training to help nurse practitioners provide quality care and promote better patient outcomes.