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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 2020


Purpose: To implement a non-pharmacologic approach to reduce anxiety in patients receiving radiation treatment. Background and Significance: Anxiety is a prevalent health problem affecting up to 30% of the general population. Over 95% of radiation oncology patients report anxiety often related to not knowing what to expect during treatments. The current guideline for management of anxiety is the use of benzodiazepines; which can impose a risk to patients. Evidence demonstrates virtual reality videos can be an effective non-pharmacologic approach to reduce anxiety.. Design: Observational cohort evidence based project. Setting: Outpatient radiation oncology facility in the Southwest United States. Sample: 40 …

Contributors
Colao, Deirdre, Baker, Laurie
Created Date
2017-05-02

Aims: The goals of this project were (1) develop a sepsis clinical guideline, (2) enhance direct patient care staff knowledge of sepsis and (3) survey staff comfort level with identifying sepsis post intervention. Background: Sepsis remains a significant healthcare problem associated with high treatment costs and high mortality rates. Older adults are at an increased risk for developing sepsis, especially when age is combined with any type of compromising factor, such as chronic illness, recent hospitalizations, wounds, or invasive devices. Current evidence demonstrates that sepsis screening is effective for early identification of sepsis. Early identification of sepsis improves time to …

Contributors
Krzywicki, Erin, Nunez, Diane
Created Date
2017-04-29

Background: Only 40%-80% of health information is retained during an office visit due to ineffective communication. Caregivers, and patients, are unable to remember how to manage their health care needs. Teach back is an effective tool that encourages a conversation between the caregiver/patient and provider. The purpose of this project is to increase knowledge retention and self-management behaviors using a headache teach back tool. Methods: The quality department at a large children’s hospital in the southwestern United States approved the project as a practice change and parent consent was not required. The project design was a randomized controlled group: pretest-posttest …

Contributors
Two, Melissa A., Sebbens,, Danielle
Created Date
2019-05-01

Purpose: To assess study participants behavioral responses and perception of effectiveness of an activity tracking device to increase physical activity. Obesity is an endemic health issue in the U.S. and continues to gain concern for increasing morbidity and mortality rates. Benefits of physical activity are firmly established across healthcare disciplines to combat and prevent obesity, yet sedentary behaviors continue to be on the rise. The use of wearable technology, that provides real-time feedback of activity, has been identified as a promising tool for increasing physical activity. Methods: Analysis of a subset of questions from a larger survey was used to …

Contributors
Carroccio, Tanya, Nunez, Diane
Created Date
2018-04-28

Aim: To determine the change in provider’s compassion fatigue after implementing an education-based intervention in behavioral health. Materials and Methods: A four-part education-based intervention for compassion fatigue was implemented over the course of 16 weeks. The Professional Quality of Life instrument was used to measure compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction. Results: Although not statistically significant, mean compassion fatigue scores decreased in the sample. Conclusion: Based on these results, further exploration into the causative factors of compassion fatigue in behavioral health are recommended.

Contributors
Peeples, Elizabeth
Created Date
2017-04-29

Purpose: To integrate text messaging into a multi-component reminder system to improve influenza vaccination rates among children with chronic respiratory conditions. Background: Influenza presents burdens for children with chronic respiratory conditions including increased mortality, morbidity, hospitalizations, and decreased quality of life for children and caregivers. Influenza vaccinations may reduce these complications yet approximately half of children remain unprotected annually. Synthesized evidence supports integration of text messaging into a multi-component strategy to increase the influenza vaccination rate in many populations of interest. Methods: The intervention was a single text message and electronic mail message sent to all families in a private …

Contributors
Bay, Sarah L.
Created Date
2016-05-03