Date of Graduation

Summer 8-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

Delirium has historically been under studied, more so in the pediatric population, despite its long term effects on patients’ health. The deficit in knowledge of delirium leads to an increase in hospital stays and unnecessary unit expenses. My intention with this change project is to increase the awareness of delirium in the pediatric delirium by providing an educational intervention to the PICU nurses. After conducting a root cause, SWOT and cost analysis, I determined that successful education of the PICU nurses about delirium could substantially decrease its incidence. Using Ronald Lippitt’s Change Theory and the CNL competencies as guides I formulated a change project. 75% of staff nurses attend a mandatory delirium class and have one-on-one education of delirium by the end of summer 2017. This goal will also include the proper understanding and implementation of a delirium assessment tool to be used every shift by 85% of PICU nurses. When nurses are aware of the risk factors that contribute to the development of delirium, they are more empowered to advocate for their patients from the start, proving their relevance in preventing delirium.

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