Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Colleen Marzilli

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Sandra Cleveland


The purpose of this DNP project was to evaluate if focused staff education about the many aspects of outpatient diabetes care has the potential to increase knowledge and impact attitudes about diabetes in staff providing care to patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is a disease with wide ranging implications, in terms of cost, consumer health, and quality of life, for populations worldwide, including the United States. It is critical that staff who participate in the care of patients with diabetes mellitus have a role-specific educational foundation to support their contribution to patient care. The researcher conducted a quantitative, nonexperimental design over a two-month period to determine the relationship between staff education about outpatient diabetes care and the impact on staff knowledge and awareness about diabetes in the pediatric setting. A five-part educational series was provided to staff nurses and medical assistants who work in the outpatient diabetes clinic. Orem’s self-care theory provided the theoretical framework for the project. The DKT and DAS were used to evaluate preeducation and posteducation changes because of the intervention. The results did not indicate significant changes in knowledge or attitudes. The lack of significant results was likely due to factors such as a small sample size for posteducation surveys and the choice of analysis for the Diabetes Attitude Scale. The project holds continued relevance and potential for staff development programs and team mentoring in the outpatient diabetes care clinic setting.

Keywords: type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus, staff development, mentorship, interprofessional collaboration.

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