The purpose of this capstone project was to better understand Registered Nurses' knowledge level of commonly taught heart failure education topics. Heart failure is a large reason for hospital readmissions, and subsequently, a major contributor to rising health care costs. Research for this project was completed at a Regional Midwestern hospital using a questionnaire consisting of 20 knowledge questions. Registered nurses working on three separate units with high volumes of heart failure patients were invited to participate. Sixty-nine nurses responded to the survey and obtained an average score of 16.67 out of a possible 20, or 83%. Nurses work in a culture where information is at their fingertips; however, this score indicates a possible identified learning need. Meeting the learning needs of nurses will advance their teaching competence, ultimately improving outcomes for patients.
Patricia K. Young
First Committee Member
Date of Degree
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
School of Nursing
Allied Health and Nursing
Standfuss, Catherine Joy, "Nurses' Knowledge of Heart Failure Education Topics at a Regional Midwestern Hospital" (2012). All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 215.
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