Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr Barbara Mcclaskey,

Second Advisor

Dr Jennifer Harris,

Third Advisor

Dr Greg Belcher,

Fourth Advisor

Dr Anuradha Ghosh,


Tickborne diseases have increased in incidence in recent years, and new tickborne diseases are being discovered. These increasing numbers show the importance of well-educated health care providers to adequately diagnose and treat these diseases. The purpose of this DNP scholarly project study was to determine the effectiveness of an educational presentation for primary care providers over tickborne diseases in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The educational presentation was given at a local nurse practitioner conference and knowledge was assessed via a pre-test, post-test, and 6-week follow-up email. Few research articles are available over this subject and the articles that have been done are limited in their scope to Lyme disease and mostly endemic areas of Lyme disease. A total of 30 participants were at the conference and all of them participated in the study. On average, participants scored 33.33 percent higher on the post-test than on the pre-test which was a statistically significant difference. Due to the loss of follow-up to the six-week follow-up email, statistical analysis of that data was not possible. These findings from the pre and post-test indicate that education on tickborne diseases for healthcare providers is beneficial. Further studies over tickborne disease knowledge and treatment practices in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas should be completed to gain insight into current practices and should include multiple tick diseases.

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Nursing Commons