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DNP Project


Extensive literature reviewed suggests that aspiration pneumonia in patients with stroke is a significant complication due to dysphagia. Furthermore, lack of extensive large sample research in aspiration prevention measures in stroke patients with dysphagia paves the way for inconsistency in nursing care guidance. The lack of evidence-based guidance compounded with increasing patient ratios and expanding interdisciplinary teams suggests the need for formal training programs. This paper responds to these challenges by proposing a formal training program for nurses caring for stroke patients with dysphagia who are at high risk for developing aspiration pneumonia. The main contribution of this program is to provide nurses with consistent, evidence-based information that can then be disseminated with other healthcare workers, patients, and family members. The program also encourages interdisciplinary teamwork and communication. The data from this paper suggests that the training program not only increased knowledge base, but also increased nursing’s perceived confidence in delivering care and educating patients or families. This paper concludes with demonstrating the need for similar training programs with larger sample sizes to close the gap in nursing knowledge deficit and aspiration pneumonia rates in stroke patients with dysphagia.