Doctor of Nursing Practice
Date of Defense
Chronic conditions are a leading cause of death and disability in the United States (U.S.). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are risk factors for chronic conditions and death; however, screening and assessment of ACEs do not occur in primary care settings. A barrier to screening is a lack of knowledge and education during providers’ didactic courses. To address this barrier, a standardized education tool was implemented into a midwestern public graduate nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum. The design was a Quality Improvement (QI) project with a descriptive cohort design and purposive sample. The inclusion criteria were students in the Spring 2022 Intensive, January 18, 2022, through April 1, 2022. An online 17-item Likert Type Scale Qualtrics survey was administered pre-and post-survey to assess knowledge, comfortability of screening, and likelihood to screen for ACEs as a future Nurse Practitioner (n=38). Results suggest students had an improvement in knowledge and comfortability in ACEs and screening for ACEs; however, results suggest a minimal change in the likelihood to screen for ACEs as a future provider. Implementing a standardized training tool into the curriculum suggests future NP providers can become more knowledgeable and comfortable screening for ACEs.
Kovachevich, Courtney, "Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Education Implementation for Graduate Nursing Students" (2022). Dissertations. 1211.