Document Type

DNP Project

Publication Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Faculty Advisor

Rosemary Johnson, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC

Practice Mentor

Christine Cosgrove, MSN, APRN, ANP-BC


Significance and Background: According to the Health Resources & Services Administration (2021), health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to process and understand basic health information to make appropriate health decisions. Low health literacy is prevalent in populations such as older adults, minorities, and in individuals with lower socioeconomic status and living in medical underserved areas. Recommendations are to access health literacy in cardiac patients, especially in the acute care setting to improve health outcomes upon discharge.

Purpose: To determine whether a health literacy assessment in hospitalized congested heart failure patients, before discharge, will affect referral rates to the Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary Vascular Disease (the Center) and decrease 30-day readmissions rates over a 60-day period.


A DNP Project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice, Sacred Heart University Davis & Henley College of Nursing.

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Available for download on Friday, May 12, 2023