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Open Wide and Say A-Ha: Adding Oral Health Content to the Nurse Practitioner Curriculum

Kent, Kathleen A.; Clark, Carol A.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000252

While aligning our nurse practitioner curriculum to the competencies of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, we realized that there was a lack of oral health content in our program. As we did not possess the knowledge needed to teach this content, we invited a dental school faculty member to do this for our class. This experience led to a change in the delivery of our teaching content through the use of the STAR Legacy Cycle model and the How People Learn theory. The purpose of this article is to share our journey with others.

About the Authors Kathleen A. Kent, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, and Carol A. Clark, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, are clinical assistant professors, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana. They express their gratitude to Richard Jackson, DMD, associate professor, Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry, and Dental Public Health, Indiana University School of Dentistry, for sharing his knowledge of oral health. For more information, contact Dr. Kent at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2018 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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