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  1. Barrere, Cynthia PhD, RN, AHN-BC
  2. Delaney, Colleen PhD, RN, AHN-BC
  3. Peterson, Denise MS, RN
  4. Hickey, Kristen MSN, RN


Primary Stroke Center designation by the Joint Commission distinguishes those healthcare organizations with exemplary stroke prevention and management. However, meeting the Joint Commission's high-level excellence standards is challenging. This article provides nurse leaders with a stroke education template, based on Donabedian's quality model, which meets Primary Stroke Center nurse education requirements. The authors describe the structure, process, and outcomes of a stroke education program for nurses, recognized as Best-in-Practice in Connecticut, successfully implemented in a community hospital.