ARTICLESAdvancing Quality Diabetes Education Through Evidence and InnovationGerard, Sally O. DNP, RN, CDE; Griffin, Mary Quinn PhD, RN; Fitzpatrick, Joyce PhD, RNAuthor Information School of Nursing, Fairfield University, Connecticut (Dr Gerard); and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Drs Griffin and Fitzpatrick). Corresponding Author: Sally O. Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, School of Nursing, Fairfield University, 1073 N Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 ([email protected]). Accepted for publication: September 4, 2009 Journal of Nursing Care Quality: April 2010 - Volume 25 - Issue 2 - p 160-167 doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181bff4fa Buy Metrics Abstract Patients with type 2 diabetes crowd emergency rooms; fill medical, surgical, and cardiac beds; and now appear in maternal health and pediatric units. Education is critical in hospital care of diabetes; however, what level of knowledge exists among acute care nurses? A systematic approach was used to examine levels of nursing knowledge about diabetes. An innovative and cost-effective structure was created to improve the quality of patient care through supporting diabetes education. © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.