Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The clinical practice guideline (CPG) is the implementation of a depression screening tool to be used in the early perinatal period. The practice change occurred in a rural Obstetrical and Gynecological (OBGYN) practice in the southern United States. The CPG change has been guided by recommendations from both the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Nurse Midwives. Implementation of this CPG change addresses the gap in practice of not doing depression screening during the perinatal period, and only screening during the postpartum period, which was being done at the OBGYN office. Theorist Lewin’s ‘change theory’ guided the implementation of the project. In order to apply this project, a process of changing practice guidelines was needed at the OBGYN office. The DNP project presented the practice change guideline of implementing the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Screening (EPDS) tool. The need for the CPG development was evaluated by 3 nurse leaders using the AGREE II tool and was recommended 100% without modifications by all 3 evaluators. The CPG, with the results, was presented and discussed with the practice site’s practitioners. The practitioners implemented the EPDS to be given at the 12- week checkup appointment versus the confirmation of pregnancy appointment, which was suggested through the DNP project’s CPG. The implementation of this CPG has the potential to provide a safer environment for pregnant women, their newborns, and their families.