Date of Award


Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Kathy James, DNSc, FNP, FAAN


The purpose of this project was to increase sun protection discussion and education in patients with actinic keratosis at a dermatology clinic. Actinic keratosis is one of the most common dermatologic diagnoses in patients 45 and older. Fifty-eight million Americans have one or more actinic keratoses and they are caused by years of UV sun exposure without sun protection. They are often a precursor to squamous cell carcinoma and adequate sun protection can prevent future lesions from developing and slow or stop the progression of current lesions. The Sun Exposure and Protection Index was implemented for patients with actinic keratosis to facilitate discussion and education. A total of 39 patients were screened. After completion of the survey, patients received sun protection education that was personalized according to their individual risk factors and situation. Although a majority of patients admitted to protecting themselves from the sun, a large percentage could improve their habits. The implementation of the Sun Exposure and Protection Index increased patient knowledge about sun protection and reinforced the importance of consistently protecting themselves from the sun.

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Nursing Commons