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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


There is an estimated 6.2 million people Americans over the age of 20 suffering from Heart Failure (HF) (Bejamin et. al., 2019). It is essential that HF patients have sufficient knowledge about the disease and self-management (Abbasi, Ghezeljeh, & Farahani, 2018; Dinh, Bonner, Ramsbotham & Clark, 2018). Lack of self-management is largely to blame for many HF exacerbations. Current evidence supports utilizing both verbal and written education with an emphasis on self-care and education delivered in a group setting or individual setting showed equal impact on self-care and HF knowledge ( Hoover, et. al., 2017; Ross et. al., 2015; Tawalbeh, …

Contributors
Spano, Emily, Rauton, Monica
Created Date
2020-05-05

Purpose: The purpose of the project was to improve physical activity (PA), eating habits (EH) and self-efficacy (SE) by implementing short lifestyle modification education in a rural primary care setting. Background: Although prediabetes awareness has slightly improved, the nationwide unawareness remains high. General knowledge about the disease and its risk factors and prevention are significant variables to adopt health-promoting behaviors. Lifestyle change intervention has been shown to be effective with the risk reduction behaviors in prediabetic population. However, it can be a daunting task to translate during short office visits. Methods: Sixteen participants with risk for prediabetes or diagnosed prediabetes …

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Evans, Yunmi
Created Date
2016-04-28

Obtaining a comprehensive sexual health history is an important part of the patient history taking process and is essential to providing high-quality, patient-centered, and accessible healthcare. Information gathered from the sexual health history guides delivery of appropriate education about prevention, counseling, treatment, and care. A federally qualified health center (FQHC) reported that they did not have a standardized comprehensive sexual health history taking process. To address this concern, a literature review was conducted to survey current evidence regarding both patient and healthcare provider perspective on sexual health history taking. While it is recommended for a sexual health history to be …

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Larter, Kara, Santerre, Jennifer
Created Date
2020-05-04

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), diabetes diagnosed in the second or third trimester of pregnancy that is not clearly overt diabetes, has become more common as the rates of obesity in women of childbearing age have increased. Undiagnosed, uncontrolled diabetes in pregnancy can lead to maternal and infant health comorbidities as well as have adverse long-term effects for mother or baby. Although routine screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) occurs between 24 and 28 weeks gestation, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends screening earlier in pregnancy for women at risk for undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. Risk factors include …

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Santo, Shannon, Ilchak, Debra, Allen, Jennifer
Created Date
2017-05-01

Background: There is a great need to provide people with Parkinson disease (PD) not only quality medical care, but social support and disease-related resources. Nurses have the training and interpersonal relationship skills to make a tremendous difference in the lives of people living with PD. Objective: This quality improvement project evaluated the effect of a nurse navigation program on self-efficacy among people living with PD. Methods: Twenty-four members of a PD specific wellness center in the United States were recruited to participate in a nurse navigation program for a 12-week period. The intervention period included an initial needs assessment, ten …

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De Santiago, Stephanie, Nunez, Diane
Created Date
2019-04-15

Children often present to the emergency department (ED) for treatment of abuse-related injuries. ED healthcare providers (HCPs) do not consistently screen children for physical abuse, which may allow abuse to go undetected and increases the risk for re-injury and death. ED HCPs frequently cite lack of knowledge or confidence in screening for and detecting child physical abuse. The purpose of this evidence-based quality improvement project was to implement a comprehensive screening program that included ED HCP education on child physical abuse, a systematic screening protocol, and use of the validated Escape Instrument. After a 20-minute educational session, there was a …

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Carson, Sheri C., Hagler, Debra
Created Date
2018-04-09

Purpose: Hispanics diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) have poorer health outcomes than non-Hispanic whites. Approximately one- half of all Hispanic DM patients utilize community health clinics for their DM needs. Evidence suggests that using a culturally-tailored approach to DM education can uniquely improve health outcomes in this population. The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) project was to improve glycemic control in a medically underserved Hispanic community through a culturally-tailored DM education program. Methods: This quasi-experimental pre/post design project was guided by the ACE Star Model and Leininger’s Theory of Cultural Care. The affiliated University’s IRB approved this …

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Brown, Fionnuala S., Thrall, Charlotte
Created Date
2018-04-23

Background Apprxoimately 1in 5 U.S. school-aged children are obese. There are many known health complications associated with obesity including premature death. Family-based obesity interventions that promote healthy lifestyle habits are effective at enabling children to make changes needed to avoid long-term health complications associated with obesity. The purpose of this evidence-based practice intervention was to evaluate the effectiveness of a family-based obesity intervention on familial lifestyle behaviors related to nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. Methods Two overweight-obese children (according to CDC criteria) ages 8-12 years old visiting a pediatric primary care clinic in a suburban neighborhood located in the …

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Agliano, Courtney, Crawford, Daniel
Created Date
2018-05-02

Type II Diabetes Mellitus has detrimental effects on the human body. A1C levels reflect the attachment of glucose to hemoglobin-the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Elevated A1C levels are an indicator of how controlled diabetes is. Uncontrolled diabetes not only affects glucose levels, but has detrimental repercussions in other organs of the body, causing peripheral vascular disease, risk of developing dementia, periodontal or gum disease, skin infections, neuropathy in lower and upper extremities, renal damage, erectile dysfunction, decreased blood flow, and cardiac conditions among others. A diet low in calories positively affects glucose levels in the body. …

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Burger, Ana Maria, Root, Lynda
Created Date
2019-04-26

Background Asthma is one of the most common pediatric diseases, affecting 6.3 million U.S. children in 2014, that can result in negative health outcomes if not managed correctly due to it's chronic and complex nature requiring frequent and close management (NHLBI, 2007). The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma will be implemented into practice to determine the health outcomes of patients before and after guideline implementation. Methods Inclusion criteria includes patients 5-18 years with a history of asthma, recurrent albuterol use, or intermittent symptoms of airflow obstruction. Data will be collected …

Contributors
Agricola, Chelsea, Crawford, Daniel
Created Date
2018-05-01