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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Final Projects Collection


The Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Projects Collection contains the completed works of students from the DNP Program at Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation. These projects are the culminating product of the curricula and demonstrate clinical scholarship.


Date Range
2016 2018


This study answers the question, “In Adult Hispanic BMI ≥ 30 (P), how does development of a weight loss program that utilizes Motivational Interviewing (I) compared to counseling and educational materials only (C) affect weight loss over the period of three months (T).” There are limited published systematic reviews and randomized control trials to evaluate the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI), in conjunction with diet and exercise to promote weight loss. Participants (n = 5) were Latino patients of a local community health care center who were overweight and medically at risk due to unhealthy lifestyles that were determined through ...

Contributors
Ledesma, Nadia, Thrall, Charlotte
Created Date
2016-05-06

Purpose: To examine the implementation of a web-based depression care management training program to increase home health nurses’ knowledge and attitudes regarding depression. Background and Significance: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2015 that the incidence of major depression in elderly receiving home health service rose to 13.5% compared to less than 5% with those not receiving care in the community. Materials and Methods: An intervention program was offered to a convenience sample of home health nurses caring for elderly in the community. The Depression CARE for Patients AT Home (depression CAREPATH), which is an evidenced-based online ...

Contributors
Rivera, Argie
Created Date
2017-05-01

Background: In 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug emtricitabine/tenofovir for use as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) after proving to be safe and effective at preventing HIV in multiple peer-reviewed studies. Despite the proven safety and value of PrEP treatment, use remains low in practice. Research has shown that low clinical use corresponds to low levels of understanding of PrEP among providers. Academic detailing is a method of innovation diffusion through provider education that results in changes in knowledge and practice. The purpose of this project was to investigate the effects of academic ...

Contributors
Schlumbrecht, Benjamin, Link, Denise
Created Date
2018-04-18

Current obesity statistics exceed national goals with Hispanics disproportionately affected. Evidence suggests a family centered methodology focusing on culture can positively improve weight loss, client satisfaction and participation. This project will evaluate use of culturally tailored resources for primary care providers to educate Hispanics on weight loss. Eight providers in a small practice in the Southwestern US were recruited to complete a pre- and postEBPAS tool after an educational session. A BMI form tracked provider use of the fotonovela intervention against preferred methods. Feedback on time spent educating and overall perception were collected. Four providers completed the pre-EBPAS, three completed ...

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Munson, Megan A., Bay, Sarah
Created Date
2018-04-30

INTRODUCTION: Despite depression affecting one of every ten adolescents, primary care providers struggle to detect depression in affected individuals. Unmanaged early onset adolescent mood disorders have an increased potential to result in suicide, the second leading cause of death in adolescents. Referring all patients with a positive depression screen to a mental health specialist creates treatment delay and burdens already limited community resources. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this primary care practice transformation was to improve pediatric primary care provider confidence and behavior to support and deliver evidence-based behavioral healthcare for adolescents with mild to moderate depression. METHODS: An evidence-based adolescent ...

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Huftalin, Tori, Jacobson, Diana
Created Date
2017-04-04

Purpose: Advance care planning (ACP) allows an individual to discuss and document their personal preferences at end-of-life. ACP has been shown to improve communication and reduce discomfort for patients and their families. The literature supports utilizing formalized, multimodality training programs for healthcare providers in order to increase their confidence in initiating ACP discussions. These findings led to the initiation of an evidence-based practice project in a primary care setting with the purpose of increasing advance care planning discussions between providers and patients with the use of a standardized education tool. Background and Significance: National regulations mandate that patients are provided ...

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Smith, Arseña, Nunez, Diane
Created Date
2018-04-30

Many older Americans don’t have an advance directive (AD). ADs are legal documents that allow a person to express what types of medical treatment or cares that they want at the end of their life if they were unable to speak for themselves. Patients without an AD could receive unwanted treatment. Providers can utilize advance care planning (ACP) to educate patients and support them in forming a medical power of attorney (MPOA) and AD. Evidence suggests that having ACP conversations can engage a patient to form an AD. The purpose of this project was to see if ACP discussions with ...

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Krasowski, Maria, Rauton, Monica
Created Date
2018-05-01

Many older Americans don’t have an advance directive (AD). ADs are legal documents that allow a person to express what types of medical treatment or cares that they want at the end of their life if they were unable to speak for themselves. Patients without an AD could receive unwanted treatment. Providers can utilize advance care planning (ACP) to educate patients and support them in forming a medical power of attorney (MPOA) and AD. Evidence suggests that having ACP conversations can engage a patient to form an AD. The purpose of this project was to see if ACP discussions with ...

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Krasowski, Maria, Rauton, Monica
Created Date
2018-04-27

As Baby Boomers age, the number of older homeless patients facing end of life is increasing. Homeless individuals die of the same diseases as their domiciled counterparts, but they have distinct barriers to equitable end-of-life care, such as lack of regular medical care, a higher likelihood of comorbid serious mental illness and substance abuse, alienation from potential healthcare proxies, and specific fears related to dying. Completion of an advance directive (AD) would address many of these barriers, as well as national goals of reducing medical costs associated with end of life care. A review of the literature indicates that homeless ...

Contributors
Morrison, Melissa, Baker, Laurie
Created Date
2016-05-07

Background and Purpose The lack of an advance directive (AD) can predispose a person to an aggressive course of treatment despite their wishes. When AD’s are incomplete, the chances of unwanted procedures, such as tube feedings and repeated transitioning between nursing homes and hospitals often result in the risk of increased mortality and morbidity, especially for older adults. Making end-of-life decisions can improve the quality of death by allowing individuals to make decisions to die in a dignified manner. The purpose of this project was to improve AD completion rates by implementing “Five Wishes” (FW) into the admission process in ...

Contributors
Mickey, Lexi L., Johannah, Uriri-Glover
Created Date
2018-05-04