Doctor of Nursing Practice
Date of Defense
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge of nursing staff on a cardiology unit before and after the implementation of heart failure specific education. Methods: Forty staff nurses on a cardiology unit at a single institution were given The Nurses Knowledge of Heart Failure Education Principles Survey (NKHFEP), a validated tool to assess nursing knowledge of heart failure. A series of four educational sessions were given to the same forty nurses. They were then given the NKHFEP survey a second time to assess change in knowledge post educational intervention. Results: The mean of Pre-education (M = 16.77) was significantly lower than the mean of posteducation (M = 19.77). The result of the paired samples t-test was significant, t(39) = -19.75, p < .001, suggesting that the true difference in the means of pre- education and post-education was significantly different from zero. The results of the Wilcoxon signed rank test were significant, V = 0.00, z = -5.66, p < .001. Conclusions: Continuing education specific to heart failure increased nursing knowledge which can be utilized to increase patient education. Improved patient education can help the heart failure patient with self-care and increase health literacy, an aim for improved outcomes outlined by the ACC/AHA Heart Failure guidelines. This project can provide a pathway to ongoing inquiry in nursing knowledge and the importance of continuing education for both the nurse and the patient.
Scott, Sarah, "Assessment of Nursing Knowledge Before and After Implementation of Educational Intervention on Heart Failure" (2018). Dissertations. 775.