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Advance care planning (ACP) is a process that seeks to ensure patients receive medical care that is consistent with their values and preferences. The process has proven benefits for patients and their loved ones but is under-utilized in clinical practice. Nurses are capable of successfully supporting patients through ACP; however, they encounter barriers that prevent their engagement in the process. These barriers include a lack of knowledge regarding ACP, poor understanding of their role in the process, and a lack of confidence to embrace the practice.
The purpose of this DNP Project was to create an evidence-based educational intervention to improve the knowledge and confidence of nurses regarding ACP. In order to improve the knowledge of nurses, a digital presentation was developed and implemented during two lunch-and-learn educational sessions for nurses at a regional medical center in northern Nevada. The project utilized a single-group pretest-posttest design to assess nurses’ knowledge of ACP and their confidence to engage in the process. Results demonstrated that the ACP knowledge and confidence of nurses improved after the educational intervention. Further research is necessary to explore the impact of improved ACP-related knowledge and confidence on the clinical practice of nurses and subsequent patient outcomes.
Advance care planning; Nurse; Nursing education; Knowledge of nurses; Confidence of nurses
Education | Nursing
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Allen, Jocelyn K., "Increasing Nurses' Knowledge of Advance Care Planning" (2020). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3859.
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