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


MSN project

First Advisor

Dr. Theresa Mostasisa


Problem: Results from a voluntarily anonymous pre-survey about sepsis revealed that a majority of the seventeen nurses assessed themselves below an "expert knowledge '' level. The survey results present an opportunity to improve the nurses’ knowledge and confidence in nursing response and improve patient outcomes with sepsis.

Context: The quality improvement (QI) project was conducted on a medical-surgical unit in a large Northern California hospital.

Intervention: A QI team initiated evidenced-based practice research and created an educational sepsis handout for nurses to increase sepsis knowledge and confidence.

Measures: The self-assessment pre-survey would be compared to the responses from the post-survey. The pre-and post-surveys will have the same questions to determine any change. A scale of 0 to 5 with 0 as “do not have any knowledge” and 5 being “expert knowledge” will be utilized.

Results: A post-intervention survey could not be conducted due to time constraints. Based on available studies and literature, however, sepsis training and education improved staff knowledge and confidence when dealing with potential septic patients.

Conclusion: From evidence-based practice studies, additional education provides nurses with increased knowledge and confidence to recognize and respond to septic patients. Professional improvement programs that offer educational programs to increase nurses’ knowledge can essentially improve nursing practice and affect patient outcomes.