Graduation Year

2015

Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

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Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Mary DeLetter

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Ida L. Slusher

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Third Advisor

Catherine Velotta

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Abstract

Heart failure (HF) is a chronic, debilitating disease resulting in over one million hospitalizations with an estimated 30.7 million dollars in total health care cost per year (Go et al., 2014). Evidence shows that HF education programs that promote adherence to pharmacological and non-pharmacological provider recommendations are effective in reducing 30-day HF recidivism rates, increasing self-care behavior, and decreasing adverse clinical events. The purpose of this evidence-based project was to implement the Heart Improvement Toolkit (HIT) Program which is a one-on-one, comprehensive HF-specific education program, for patients with a HF diagnosis who have been admitted to non-cardiac specialty units. Program evaluation included 30-day recidivism rates, adverse clinical events, and self-care behavior (SCB).

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