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Enhancing Nurses’ Knowledge Regarding the Complex Care of Hospitalized Patients on Insulin

Wakefield, Peggy L. MD, FAAP; Wilson, Melissa A. MD, FACE

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: July/August 2014 - Volume 30 - Issue 4 - p 174–180
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000037

A randomized controlled study assessed a self-paced, online educational course addressing the complex nursing care of hospitalized patients on basal–bolus insulin. Interactive quizzes and scenarios were used to reinforce learning. Knowledge in the intervention group increased significantly and was retained 3-months postintervention. Nursing professional development educators will find this article useful regarding methods for annual competency evaluation and for increasing staff’s knowledge as part of a system approach for safely caring for patients with diabetes.

Peggy L. Wakefield, MD, FAAP, is an independent medical researcher with training and experience in chronic disease management strategies for health professionals. She was previously Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, and served on the Texas Legislature’s Asthma and Allergy Research Advisory Committee.

Melissa A. Wilson, MD, FACE, is Medical Director for The Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr., Medical Research Foundation, Corpus Christi; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth; and Teaching Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Bay Area Corpus Christi Medical Center, TX.

The authors have no financial interest in the products mentioned in the article. The authors have received financial compensation from The Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr., Medical Research Foundation for developing and implementing the research project and preparing this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Melissa A. Wilson, MD, FACE, The Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Medical Research Foundation, P.O. Box 2888, Corpus Christi, TX 78403-2888 (e-mail:

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