Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


Kaiser cohort MSN capstone

First Advisor

Theresa Mostasisa

Second Advisor

Jennifer Zesati


Problem: Based on the findings of a pre-survey conducted, it was observed that around 6% of the Medical-Surgical nurses who participated from Hospital A possessed "expert knowledge" of the "inpatient handoff sepsis bundle checklist." The results highlight the potential for educating and boosting the confidence of nurses working in a healthcare organization located in Northern California, enabling them to provide better care for patients afflicted with sepsis.

Context: The microsystem is a Medical-surgical unit situated within Hospital A, which is one of the 21 hospitals located in Northern California. Dr. Theresa Mostasisa conducted a survey on February 15, 2023, which included responses from 17 nurses working in this unit.

Interventions: Providing a nurse education through presenting a handout during an all-staff meeting can enhance awareness regarding sepsis and improve the knowledge and confidence of nurses in managing patients afflicted with this condition.

Measures: The team intends to conduct a pre-survey and post-survey using a volunteer and anonymous RN sepsis self-assessment tool to assess RN sepsis knowledge and confidence in recognizing and managing sepsis patients. The survey comprises six questions, with five of them scored on a scale of 0 to 5 to yield quantitative results. The remaining question is scenario-based and will be analyzed qualitatively.

Results: Similar studies found that provider sepsis education will increase knowledge by 21% and confidence by 11% upon post-survey.

Conclusion: Nurse education successfully improves provider confidence and knowledge. The project can be applied to other hospital units once a protocol has been established. Suggestions for continuing the project include conducting a post-education survey and incorporating hands-on training in addition to verbal education for nurses.