Date of Graduation

Spring 5-17-2018

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The objective of this CNL Internship Project was to perform a systems analysis in order to determine the causes for unmanaged diabetes, as evidenced by very high blood glucose (BG) readings in the diabetic population at the Adult Day Healthcare Center (ADHC). The goal was to create an appropriate and cost-effective intervention to improve participant management of diabetes, and to reduce participant BG levels. Working with the multi-disciplinary team at the ADHC, and incorporating data obtained from staff and participant surveys and interviews, it was determined the most appropriate intervention would be an education and support group aimed at assisting participants better manage diabetes. The group was named “Life-A-Betes” by a dedicated participant; reflecting the desire of all of the participants to make healthy life choices to manage their diabetes. Participant BG levels were recorded prior to the start of the Life-A-Betes project; the highest BG average in the unmanaged diabetic participant was 192 mg/dL After 3 months of Life-A-Betes classes, the highest BG average was 184 mg/dL These positive results warrant further investigation into the effectiveness of a weekly education and support group to assist participants manage diabetes.

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