Title: Addressing the Personal Knowledge and Skills Gained in a DNP Course: A Case Report
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program equips learners with essential knowledge and skills to identify and address complex healthcare challenges. This case report aims to demonstrate the personal knowledge and skills gained during the course and apply them to solve an identified practice problem. The case scenario presented will be consistent with a DNP area of practice, showcasing the learner’s ability to analyze, synthesize, and implement evidence-based interventions.
The case revolves around an urban primary care clinic struggling with high rates of medication non-adherence among patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. Non-adherence to medication can lead to poor health outcomes, increased healthcare costs, and reduced quality of life. This case report intends to address this challenge effectively using the principles and skills obtained in the DNP course.
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP):
The foundation of the DNP program lies in the application of evidence-based practice. EBP enables healthcare providers to make informed decisions by integrating research evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences into their practice. In this case report, the learner will demonstrate their ability to utilize the EBP framework to identify, critically appraise, and implement interventions aimed at improving medication adherence among patients with chronic diseases.
Patient-centered care is a core principle of the DNP program. It emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing the unique needs and preferences of each individual patient. In this case report, the learner will showcase their ability to develop patient-centered interventions that consider patients’ cultural, social, and economic factors, as well as their health literacy levels.
Effective interprofessional collaboration is crucial for achieving optimal patient outcomes in healthcare. The DNP program emphasizes the importance of collaborative teamwork and the integration of multiple perspectives. In this case report, the learner will demonstrate their ability to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as pharmacists, social workers, and educators, to develop comprehensive medication adherence programs.
Leadership and Quality Improvement:
Leadership and quality improvement skills are integral to the role of a DNP-prepared nurse. In this case report, the learner will highlight their leadership abilities by devising strategies for change implementation and evaluating the outcomes. Moreover, they will apply quality improvement principles to assess the effectiveness of the interventions implemented and make necessary adjustments to improve patient outcomes.
Ethics and Advocacy:
Nurses in the DNP role must be advocates for their patients and ensure ethical decision-making. This case report will demonstrate the learner’s understanding of ethical considerations, such as patient autonomy, confidentiality, and informed consent, in the context of medication adherence interventions. The learner will present strategies for addressing potential ethical dilemmas that may arise during the implementation of interventions.
This case report will provide an opportunity for learners to apply the personal knowledge and skills gained during the DNP course to a real-world practice problem. By addressing the challenge of medication non-adherence in an urban primary care setting, the learner will demonstrate their ability to utilize evidence-based practice, patient-centered care, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, quality improvement, and ethical decision-making in their role as a DNP-prepared nurse. Through rigorous analysis and implementation of interventions, this case report will showcase the learner’s expertise in solving practice-related problems and improving patient outcomes.