Date of Graduation

Summer 8-15-2016

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The aim of this project was to improve nurse satisfaction through the use of a standardized blood administration documentation template. The goal was to reduce the time that nurses spend charting by offering a structured documentation template and to ensure that the procedure is correctly recorded in the patient’s electronic record. The leadership theme that supported this project is Information Manager, as the clinical nurse leader (CNL) uses information systems and technology at the point of care to improve health care outcomes. The selected microsystem is a medical/surgical/telemetry unit, which has 38 beds with 38 registered nurses (RNs). When surveyed, 39% of the RNs were confident administering blood products and 48% were aware of what is necessary to document regarding blood transfusions. The change theory that was utilized for this project was Kotter’s Change Model. A blood transfusion template was developed to meet the needs of the nurses, providers and patients within the microsystem. Ultimately a delay in releasing the template resulted in pushing the project timeline back. It is expected that having a structured template will result in expedited chart searching, timely display of patient information, better coordination of care among providers, improved patient outcomes and increased nurse confidence when documenting transfusions.