A Descriptive Study on Depression, Delirium, and Dementia Recognition: A Quality Improvement Project Implementing an Educational Intervention in Licensed Nursing
Purpose: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to develop and test an educational intervention to improve the recognition of depression, delirium, and dementia among CNAs, LPNs, and RNs in the state of Florida.
Method: This quality improvement project utilized a pre- and post-intervention survey to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational intervention to increase the recognition of depression, delirium, and dementia among CNAs, LPNs, and RNs in Florida.
Results: Demographically, the largest respondents were registered nurses, those in the medical field greater than 10 years, and those with graduate level education. Clinically, there was a marginal increase in knowledge recognition among all respondent’s post-intervention survey compared to pre-intervention survey.
Discussion: To improve licensed nurses’ knowledge and recognition within practice, an expansion of depression, delirium, and dementia education in curricula is warranted. The education should be conceived with each role and their respective scope of practice in mind.
Conclusion: Education has been deemed an effective way to improve recognition and obtain prompt treatment and improve patient outcomes relating to depression, delirium, and dementia. This study, however, should be replicated with larger samples and expand to multiple states, and should test long term retention over a time period.
Major Professor: Theresa Winton, DNP, ARNP-C, FNP-BC