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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Sue E. Bell


Abstract In a multidisciplinary health care team, nurses are often the initial contact when patients present for clinical evaluation. Thus, it is of great importance that these nurses provide education to patients that is current and evidence-based. The target population of this project was nurses who care for patients with atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). The practice problem was the knowledge gap related to A-Fib. The purpose of the project was to provide an evidence-based, nursing education intervention to increase their knowledge. The practice-focused question sought to determine whether participation in the evidence-based education intervention increased nurses’ knowledge scores about providing care for patients with A-Fib. The theoretical and practical foundations for the project were the chronic care model and the eHealth enhanced chronic care model. The models’ components of self-management support, delivery system design, clinical decision support, and clinical information systems have been shown to enhance the delivery of education for cardiovascular patients. Pre- and post-intervention surveys were used to evaluate the effectiveness of the education. The data were analyzed using a two-sample t test to compare the mean number of correct answers before and after the education intervention. While there was an increase in the mean pre- to postintervention correct answers, from 8.93 to 9.67, the difference was not statistically significant. This project has implications for positive social change; by providing education to first-line clinical nursing staff caring for patients with A-Fib the ability to use current and reliable information in patient teaching will be enhanced.

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