Date of Award

Summer 7-28-2021

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Janis Shiefelbein

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Johnson

Third Advisor

Dr. Tim Flood


The purpose of this project was to ascertain whether providing education to licensed nurses and certified nurse aide staff in nursing homes results in an increased awareness and recognition of depression and depressive symptoms among the nursing home population. A descriptive research design was used to identify knowledge of nursing staff in long-term nursing home facilities before and after depression and depressive symptom education. The study utilized a one-group pre-test/post-test design with nursing home staff that interact with nursing home residents during a normal workday. A total of 26 of the 30 participants (86.6%) achieved a pre-test score of 22 or greater representing satisfactory performance. The mean post-test score was 24.2333 with a standard deviation of 1.95965. An average of 86.5% was achieved by the participants on the pre-test.

Included in

Nursing Commons