Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joy Shoemaker, DNP, RN, APRN.CNP, FNP-C, CNE

First Committee Member

Chai Sribanditmongkol, PhD, RN, IBCLC, CNS

Second Committee Member

John Chovan, PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, PMHNP-BC


Diabetes, Education, Corrections, Health Promotion, Self-Management

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences


Diabetes is a chronic disease requiring patient responsibility to ensure good control and reduced morbidity and mortality. Incarcerated diabetic adults suffer from poor control and complications associated with their disease partly due to their limited health literacy. Arming diabetics with knowledge related to diabetes improves disease control and healthcare outcomes. The proposed final scholarly project involves the implementation of a diabetic education initiative to assess the effects of diabetic-specific education on self-care activities. The proposed quality improvement project will be framed with the Plan-Do-Study-Act and Nola Pender's Health Promotion Model. The proposed final scholarly project involves obtaining a baseline assessment, implementing an educational intervention, and determining if the intervention improves glycated hemoglobin and diabetic self-management as measured by the Diabetic Self-Management Questionnaire (DSMQ). A convenience sample of diabetic incarcerated adults will be offered the opportunity to participate in an educational initiative that includes four one-hour and one individual counseling sessions. The proposed project will use multiple tools to collect data, including the DSMQ, a demographic survey, and a post-test questionnaire. Data from the pre-intervention and post-intervention DSMQ and self-reported glycated hemoglobin will be collected anonymously and aggregated. A paired t-test will determine if the educational initiative positively affects the data. Positive outcomes on this DNP project could lead to implementing a diabetic education curriculum within the correctional setting. Future research could explore alternative, cost-effective methods to implement diabetic education in the correctional setting.

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