Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. LaWanda Baskin

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Marti Jordan

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


Diabetes mellitus continues to grow in global prevalence and consumes an increasing amount of healthcare resources. Persons that live in disadvantaged groups have a higher prevalence due to a lack of understanding and access to care. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of chronic disease and limb loss worldwide. Diabetes foot care is essential, as diabetes can be dangerous to patients’ feet.

The purpose of this doctoral project was to increase diabetic foot care education and foot exams for staff and providers in a federally qualified health center (FQHC). Many people in this rural community do not understand the importance of diabetes and foot care. More staff training was therefore deemed necessary to support the dissemination of diabetic foot care information to eligible patients.

Following the Ophelia process as an interventional guide to increasing staff and provider education would include stakeholders like board members, executive staff, clinical staff, and diabetic patients. A pretest of diabetic foot care knowledge was given to staff, a PowerPoint® educational presentation was given to all providers and clinical staff followed by a posttest.