Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joy Shoemaker, DNP

First Committee Member

Adam Ostendorf, MD


Educational Intervention, Nursing, Pre-test/post-test, Novice to Expert, Neuroscience/Neurology, Epilepsy Monitoring

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Other Nursing


Background: Little data exists about nursing care and knowledge on an epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU). This study evaluated the impact of an educational series (three modules) on nursing knowledge and confidence in providing care, using a pre-test/post-test design. Objectives: There were three objectives for this study. The first objective was to improve nursing knowledge and competence in educating patients and families. The second, to increase nursing confidence in providing care and decision-making for the specialized patient population on the EMU. The third, to evaluate the effectiveness of educational modules. Subjects: Thirty-eight nurses working in the neuroscience unit participated in the study. Results: Nurses assessments were scored before and after each educational module. The post-test scores demonstrated a statistically significant difference in the scores with the mean scores. Conclusions: The pre-test and post-test provided the investigator a quantitative measure of assessment of knowledge before and after the educational modules. The data collected indicated the educational modules significantly improved post-test scores.

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