First Advisor

Cullen, Patricia

Second Advisor

Berg, Barbara


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

80 pages


Older adults, 65 years and older, make up more than 50% of the acute care patient population at a Southwest Michigan critical access hospital. This DNP capstone project was implemented for nursing staff members in a small rural hospital to assist with improving knowledge and perceptions of caring for older adults. Realized outcomes from this educational initiative were not meant to create new information but instead to focus on clinical issues and apply best practice for the purpose of determining evidence based solutions. The project’s design implemented to assess outcomes was a quantitative, descriptive, quasi-experimental, non-randomized approach. The plan included a pre and post intervention survey using the Geriatric Institutional Assessment Profile (GIAP) from the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program. Education was provided after the pre intervention survey was completed via classroom presentations, hand-outs, and informational emails. The GIAP survey was repeated post educational intervention. Thirty nursing staff members participated in the pre intervention survey and seventeen completed the post intervention survey. Independent samples t-test on measures related to knowledge and attitudes revealed compelling percent changes representing statistical significance between pre and post GIAP survey responses with a p value of ˂ .05 in all areas measured.

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Location (Creation)

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

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