Dr. Kim Kuebler Reveals Research Studies Provide Unexpected Findings in Nursing Education

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Dr. Kim Kuebler DNP, APRN, ANP-BC has released finding from key research studies that evaluate whether current nursing education is preparing nurses of all levels to meet the evolving needs of patients living with symptomatic multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Kuebler is the founder and director of Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center providing healthcare professionals, educators and students with policy and practice updates on chronic disease management.

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It is crucial to equip nurses with the clinical evidence required to effectively manage patients with multiple chronic conditions, especially in the era of value-based healthcare, a physician shortage and medical mistakes contributing to the 3rd leading cause of death, says Dr. Kim Kuebler.

Dr. Kim Kuebler DNP, APRN, ANP-BC is the Principle Investigator of four collective studies evaluating all levels of nursing education on meeting the complex care needs of the largest, fastest growing and costliest U.S. patient population – those living with multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Three identical studies examined nurse knowledge on the management of symptomatic chronic conditions and a systematic review of the literature investigated graduate nursing curriculum content on MCCs, symptoms and self-management.

Data from these pilot studies suggest further investigation is needed to ensure undergraduate, graduate and graduate clinical nurse faculty are knowledgeable, informed and implement the best evidence-based practice to meet the escalating and costly demands of an aging America. Study results are consistent between all three groups, each showing low scores on the most common causes of morbidity and mortality. Graduate nurse faculty scored the lowest in all areas. Knowledge about diagnostics and interventions scored the lowest between all groups. Finally, knowledge on the management of common and costly conditions in the nation ranked below passing and included the appropriate use of opioid analgesics in the management of chronic pain.

The outcome of a comprehensive systematic review provided no definable evidence on the strength of clinical content included in graduate nursing education to meet the growing needs of this patient population. While these studies do not provide a power analysis, they do, however, offer a consistent theme that requires investigation for ensuring competent and skilled professionals in an era of quality, safe, effective and efficient healthcare.

β€œIt is crucial to equip future nurses and faculty with the clinical evidence required to effectively manage patients with multiple chronic conditions, especially in the era of value-based healthcare, a primary care physician shortage and medical mistakes contributing to the 3rd leading cause of adult death in the U.S.,” says Dr. Kim Kuebler.

About Dr. Kim Kuebler and Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center:

Dr. Kim Kuebler is the Founder and Director of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center. She is an award-winning author on eight textbooks focused on the clinical management of chronic symptomatic disease and palliative care. She is an appointee to several state and federal initiatives on chronic care. Dr. Kuebler is a practicing provider in orthopedics and spine in Southern Oregon. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Specialist in Oncology from Emory University and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Vanderbilt University. Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center is a valuable resource for healthcare professionals seeking current trends in policy and practice to meet the care needs of the largest and costliest U.S. patient population. If you would like more information about the research findings within nursing education or to learn about the educational services offered by Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center, please visit http://multiplechronicconditions.org or email DrKimKuebler(at)MultipleChronicConditions.org

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