Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Linda Bond

Second Advisor

Ruth Ann Brintnall

Third Advisor

Dorothy Merrill


The purpose of this study was to describe and compare staff nurses perceived and actual levels of knowledge of diabetes mellitus. Little research has been done to study perceived diabetes knowledge.; This study used a descriptive correlational design. A convenience sample of 60 staff nurses from a 248 bed suburban teaching hospital was surveyed. The Diabetes Self-Report Tool (Drass, Muir-Nash, Boykin, Turek, & Baker, 1989), was used to assess staff nurses' perceived level of diabetes knowledge. The Diabetes: Basic Knowledge Test (Drass, et al., 1989), was used to measure actual level of diabetes knowledge. Subjects were found to have an overall mid level of knowledge. There was a significant relationship between perceived and actual knowledge. It was found that as years employed at the study site increased, the knowledge level of diabetes decreased. Also, nurses attending a diabetes in-service less than 6 months ago to within 2 years reported a higher perception of diabetes knowledge.


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