Date of Graduation

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Family Nurse Practitioner

First Advisor

Dr. Jo Loomis

Second Advisor

Dr. Jodie Sandhu


Objective: The purpose of the DNP project was to improve nutritional knowledge of the adolescents at Kings Canyon Unified School District while also improving their perceived ability to choose healthy food. This project was enveloped in a larger community outreach mission utilizing a free school-based clinic for the purposes of providing sports physicals to students and health screening and physicals to the community. Additionally, nurse practitioner students engaged in a cultural immersion experience through clinical rotations in Central Valley.

Methods: Adolescent students who registered for the clinic watched a nine-minute nutrition video, created by the DNP student, while waiting for their physical. A random sample of 600 attendees answered a multiple-choice survey regarding nutrition knowledge and perceived ability to choose healthy food before and after the video. The pre and post video surveys were then submitted to Qualtrics which provided statistical analysis of the results.

Results: The post-video surveys demonstrated an improvement in nutrition knowledge and perceived ability to choose healthy food.

Conclusion: This DNP project was a quality improvement measure for school aged children with the goal of improving nutrition knowledge while also improving student’s perceived ability to choose healthy food. The Health Specialist for the district recognized the importance of nutrition education as well as the positive impact of the video and commits to play it in subsequent years. Additionally, the free school-based clinic provided several hundred community members with physicals and health screenings. Lastly, nurse practitioner students engaged in local clinical rotations immersing themselves in the culture.