Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)

First Advisor

Dr. Sally Pearson


Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and affects millions of Americans. Type 2 diabetes leads to many chronic medical conditions if not properly managed. Often, primary care providers (PCPs) deliver care to type two diabetic patients; therefore, it is imperative that PCPs are knowledgeable of current American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project was to determine if implementation of a type 2 diabetes’ assessment algorithm improved PCP’s knowledge and compliance of ADA assessment guidelines. Educational sessions were conducted at clinics within Mississippi and Tennessee. A pre-test was administered, and immediately following the educational session, participants completed a post-test. Participants were given two to three months to implement changes in their clinical practice prior to the administration of the Post Education Self Evaluation questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were utilized to compare samples. It was determined that there was not a statistically significant increase in knowledge regarding the assessment of type 2 diabetic patients following the sessions (p=0.479). Since the knowledge of the recommendations was adequate, 92% of the participants reported an increase in following the guidelines because of the educational session. This project supports the need for continued education for healthcare providers regarding guidelines such as these in order to improve quality of care for the diabetic population.