Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Department Name when Degree Awarded

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Molly Bradshaw

Department Affiliation


Second Advisor

Gina L Purdue

Department Affiliation



Diabetes mellitus is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and affects 30.3 million people (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2019). Research suggests that patients often have a limited knowledge and insight into self-management of diabetes mellitus (DM). Acceptance of the disease, insufficient knowledge, and noncompliance are the examples of key factors that affect the progress of the disease. Nurses play a key role in the delivery of diabetes education which can improve compliance. Simulation can be used to improve the nursing skill sets for diabetes education. The purpose of this project was to implement evidence-based diabetes education through simulation to staff nurses to improve nurses’ skills, confidence, and satisfaction while improving patient outcomes such as length of stay and readmission for diabetic complications. Findings indicate that participants given the diabetes education intervention, improved in knowledge and skill. These results indicate that there was improved knowledge of nurses after receiving diabetes management education. Simulation education is effective in increasing nurse competencies in the care of diabetic patients and the potential to improve patient outcomes.

Keywords: diabetes management, knowledge level, evidence-based diabetes education, simulation

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