Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
An educational module, based on evidence-based practice (EBP) guidelines by the 8th Joint National Committee (JNC 8) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC), was created and implemented to determine if its implementation would impact the knowledge of clinic staff regarding current EBP guidelines about self-management of hypertension (HTN). The module has the potential to contribute to the resolution of patient noncompliance on HTN treatment and management by increasing nursing staff proficiency in knowledge transfer to patients on effective self-management of their health condition. The creation of the module was guided by the concept of need or asset assessment and the theory of planned behavior. The module was composed of 2 short lecture presentations on HTN, current EBP guidelines on lifestyle modifications, and proper blood pressure measurement. The module also included pre- and postlecture surveys to evaluate knowledge and practices of staff, and reiterated the current guidelines and approaches presented in the lectures. Survey data were analyzed using McNemar’s test for paired and binary data. Results showed the agreement of all the staff in recognizing the utility of the module in standardizing their knowledge of current EBP guidelines on lifestyle modifications and blood pressure measurement procedures. The results also showed the enhancement of staff proficiency which might lead to efficient education of patients on effective HTN treatment and management protocol. This pathway has the potential to bring about social change by decreasing the incidence of patient noncompliance and improving patient health.