Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


MSN project

First Advisor

Theresa M Mostasisa, EdD, MS, BSN, RN


Problem: This project aimed to enhance non-clinical staff knowledge of sepsis through a targeted awareness campaign, while also seeking to uphold or enhance the organization's sepsis-related performance.

Context: Clinical Nurse Leader students conducted a microsystem assessment in five crucial non-clinical departments of an urban Bay Area hospital, each playing a vital role in the organization's efficiency at different levels.

Intervention: During Sepsis Awareness Month, a sepsis awareness campaign was implemented. This involved a concise presentation on sepsis, its consequences, and the significance of awareness in each department. Additionally, informational fliers detailing sepsis signs and symptoms were distributed.

Measures: A pre-and post-intervention verbal survey assessed sepsis awareness. Participants were asked a direct question: "Do you know what sepsis is?" Respondents indicating awareness raised their hands, providing a tangible measure of comprehension.

Results: Post-intervention assessment was feasible in only one department – environmental services. Unfortunately, none of the respondents reported awareness of sepsis, its signs or symptoms, or preventative measures.

Conclusion: The limited post-intervention data highlights the need for further research to determine the broader impact of sepsis awareness campaigns on organizational performance. Additionally, investigations are warranted to assess whether such campaigns influence early sepsis recognition, prompting rapid diagnosis and treatment.