Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Catherine Garner

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Donna Atobajeun

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Nannette Glenn


In the United States, there is a significant difference in the survival rate for endometrial cancer for African American women when compared to women of other ethnic groups, specifically White women. There is supporting evidence that supports that morbidity and mortality rates for endometrial cancer increase if diagnosed in later stages. There are many contributing factors to a patient receiving an early diagnosis of a disease. One of the key determinants to early diagnosis of endometrial cancer is understanding risk factors, and what symptoms require further evaluation. An educational program was developed to identify knowledge deficits in the African American community regarding the risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and self efficacy in seeking treatment for endometrial cancer. This quantitative study was conducted in a community-based setting and the targeted population was African American women aged 50 or older, postmenopausal, and living in a large Metropolitan area in Tennessee. Prior to the educational presentation, the 24 participants completed a questionnaire using the Likert Scale to assess their knowledge of risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and self-efficacy in seeking treatment of endometrial cancer. After education was provided by the parish nurse, participants were asked to complete a posteducational questionnaire evaluating their knowledge and feelings of self-efficacy in seeking treatment for endometrial cancer. Upon completion of the preeducational survey and the posteducational survey, a two–tailed paired sample t test was completed for each question to determine the significance of the educational program on the participant's knowledge and self-efficacy in seeking treatment for endometrial cancer. The analysis of the pre- and posteducational surveys showed a significant increase of knowledge of endometrial cancer after completion of the educational program. There was not a significant increase in confidence in seeking treatment based on the survey results. Nurses can use this vii educational framework in multiple healthcare settings to provide culturally sensitive education for African American women.

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