Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Prediabetes patients are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The purpose of this project was to educate the medical staff of the project site clinic on lifestyle modifications that can help patients prevent prediabetes from progressing to Type 2 diabetes. The project took place at an outpatient clinic in the Southwestern United States. The clinic patient population is mostly African American, a population at risk for diabetes. The theoretical framework to support the project was the Iowa model of evidence-based practice. Staff education on patient diabetes prevention was the goal of the project. The project question focused on staff education for lifestyle modifications to increase nurses' knowledge and skills in prediabetes patient management. The educational content of the module was formed using evidenced-based guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Road to Health toolkit and from the American Diabetes Association. The educational program was evaluated by 3 content experts in primary care and diabetes management. Expert responses were measured with a 5-point Likert-scale survey. The expert panel indicated the content would be applicable and beneficial for clinic staff. The program was then provided to 3 clinic nurses. Each nurse answered pretest and posttest questionnaires to assess their knowledge of program content related to lifestyle modifications to prevent Type 2 diabetes. All participants answered the posttest questions as agree or strongly agree. Results from the questionnaires indicated the nurses improved their knowledge on the subject matter after program completion. The toolkit supports social change by providing nurses with the necessary education to help prediabetes patients experience improved outcomes.