Date of Graduation

Fall 12-11-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Bittner

Second Advisor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy


The lack of a standardized education for stroke coordinators focusing on The Joint Commission (TJC) standards and requirements in preparation for the stroke program disease-specific care (DSC) certification survey every two years has led to undue added stress prior to survey. The development of tools and resources has been identified to address the current educational gap in stroke coordinator orientation. This project addressed the gap by creating an online, self-directed learning module to assist the stroke coordinators in knowledge acquisition of the stroke standards and requirements.

A stroke coordinator plays a critical role in stroke care delivery. An educational module made available to the 21 medical centers ensured standardized content information to provide effective and safe patient care by the interdisciplinary team. An innovative teaching method, such as self-directed modules, has emerged as an alternative approach to deliver education. Adult learners are self-directed and take initiative for their learning. Online, self-directed learning modules are effective ways to promote active, independent learning and still meet the learning goals and objectives. This evidence-based project demonstrated a 20% increase in knowledge score of the stroke standards and requirements. It also promoted consistency for learning to decrease variation in survey completion success.

Keywords: self-learning module, online module, e-learning, nurse, knowledge, training