First Advisor

Lora Claywell


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

60 pages


This DNP project's objective was to educate home healthcare (HHC) nurses about palliative care/hospice (PC/H) benefits so they can recommend a referral if they believe it would enhance the patient's and family's quality of life. The purpose of the study was to determine if providing additional education to HHC nurses improves their perceptions of palliative care and hospice knowledge. The HHC nurses at one organization were provided with an information sheet, a consent form, demographic inquiries, and a pre-survey and instructed to review an evidence-based educational module. Upon completion of the module, participants were requested to complete a post-survey. After 30 days, a subsequent post-survey was distributed to the participants.The data indicate that the participants acquired knowledge after the initial post-survey and demonstrated retention of the information after 30 days following the second post-survey. The statistical analysis of the mean Likert Scale score indicated significant findings (t=-5.914, p..

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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