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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Susan J. Hayden


Diabetes is a commonly encountered chronic illness that leads to other lifelong comorbidities if left uncontrolled. Ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes affects over 29 million Americans. Although 90%-95% of all diabetes cases are preventable with proper planning and management, clinicians continue to be challenged as they strive to achieve the desired patient care goals. This Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) staff education project addressed the lack of standard evidence-based care for diabetic patients in the federally qualified health center look-alike practice for which this project was developed. Guided by the practice-focused questions and framed with the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation model of instructional design, the purpose of this DNP project was to plan, implement, and evaluate a staff education project about the use of the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for clinicians caring for patients with diabetes. The content experts evaluated the curriculum using a dichotomous “met = 1” “not met = 2” scale with results showing all experts finding each objective as “met” related to the objectives and content validation of the pretest/posttest items. Content experts did not recommend any changes. The staff education was a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation. Evidence was generated by the participants (n=7) of the program by means of a change in knowledge from pretest to posttest which showed a 30% increase in knowledge. An anticipated positive social impact of the staff education project is quality standard diabetes care leading to wellness in diabetic patients and their families.

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