Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)



First Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Geifer

Second Advisor

Dr. Harry L. Humphries

Third Advisor

Dr. Mary Carol Pomatto


An Abstract of the Scholarly Project by

Patricia Lynn Sullivan

The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Project was to determine whether participants’ knowledge of the updated guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of the obese patient with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is increased following a continuing education presentation. The increase in the knowledge of PCOS guidelines for an obese patient is documented using a pretest/ posttest method following the continuing education program which utilizes a PowerPoint presentation. PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder in women. This DNP capstone project was designed to provide a literature review and best practice guidelines delivered through the use of an educational PowerPoint presentation for the purpose of educating nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner students on the inflammatory complexity of a PCOS diagnosis. A portion of the presentation discussed the role of FDA approved liraglutide in the treatment of obese women with a co-morbidity of PCOS. A quasi-experimental one-group pretest/posttest design instrument in the form of an index was created for this study. The index included four dimensions with four questions each. The dimensions involved the four research questions for this project. The sample of convenience included 16 nurse practitioners and 2 nurse practitioner students. The results did provide data that a learning curve exists by analyzing the pretest and posttest scores for the PowerPoint presentation. This study did reflect the need for increased education in nurse practitioners to more appropriately diagnose and treat the obese PCOS patient.

Included in

Nursing Commons