Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller, DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Katherine Martin, Ph.D., APRN, CNM

Third Advisor

Kathleen Clark, DNP, RN


Chronic illnesses such as autoimmune diseases are a leading cause of death and disability. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately four million Americans, yet this disease is not well known to the public. Additionally, credible online resources are lacking for those patients seeking more support and information about the disease. Therefore, the development of a nurse-led online resource, a website, is proposed. With a credible online resource, users will have an increased understanding of the disease which will lead them to have more informed choices for a better patient outcome. Newman’s Health as Expanding Consciousness Theory served as a guide in the development of the project. Creating the website is discussed in detail, and a five-point Likert scale will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. The wave was used as a metaphor to represent the disease; the ups and downs of the wave represent the highs and lows of those afflicted with Sjögren’s syndrome. The goal of the project is to educate, raise awareness, provide support, and help empower patients diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, so they can live life to the fullest.


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