Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Faisal H. Aboul-Enein

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Sandra Cleveland

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Catherine Garner


The purpose of this research study was to identify the relationship between nursing education and nurses’ knowledge of dementia and dementia care in a long-term care setting. Residents of long-term care settings who have dementia often have behavior problems that affect their quality of life, psychosocial dynamics, and the requirements of their nursing care. The effectiveness of the nursing care delivered to nursing home residents with dementia and behavior problems makes a crucial difference in their quality of life. Best practice nursing to promote optimal dementia care uses nonpharmacological interventions and avoids unnecessary psychotropic medication in residents with age-related dementia and behavior problems. This research study showed that effective nursing education improved nursing staff’s Dementia Knowledge Assessment Tool Version Two scores, indicating increases in nursing knowledge of dementia and dementia care. That is, with education, students had an increased understanding of dementia care, communication, and teamwork ethics.

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