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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has become a major issue in the United States. Individuals with chronic disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or hyperlipidemia are at higher risk of CKD. Risk factors include family history, age, obesity, and smoking. Kidney function decreases with age and other related conditions. It is critical to increase awareness, education, and prevention of CKD to advanced practice nurses. Nurse practitioners encounter and have the responsibility to be able to identify and manage patients in their primary practice. To address this issue, a sample of nurse practitioners in a local community health center was surveyed to assess CKD knowledge, its stages, and disease progression. Approximately 20 nurse practitioners were provided with the pretest to assess awareness, education material of CKD, and a posttest after 2 weeks of education to assess increased awareness and knowledge retention. The Knowledge to Action Framework was utilized in the project study. Twenty participants were invited to participate in the study, but only 15 completed the project. The participation pool ranged from 5 years of experience to more than 30. Participants showed an increase in knowledge on a posttest compared to a pretest. The data also showed that the participants with the most years of experience had the lowest increase in knowledge out of the 4 categories. The participants with the lowest years of experience showed the most improvement.
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Hernandez, Juan, "Chronic Kidney Disease: The Need to Increase Nurse Practitioner Awareness" (2019). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 171.