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

Jennifer Zesati

Second Advisor

Theresa Mostasisa


Problem: Sepsis presents a significant healthcare challenge that demands early recognition and intervention to reduce mortality and morbidity rates. Preliminary data collected at Hospital A identified gaps in the Medical-Surgical Unit’s awareness and utilization of the Inpatient Handoff Sepsis Bundle Checklist (IHSBC).

Context: A gap in knowledge and implementation of the IHSBC was identified in the Medical-Surgical Unit which necessitates the implementation of measures to enhance staff comprehension and use of the checklist.

Interventions: A resocialization approach was delivered to reinforce the checklist’s importance which included reintegrating the checklist in the morning staff huddles, communicating with the nurse educator, and providing readily accessible copies of the checklist on the unit.

Measures: Data was collected through microsystem assessments and verbal pre- and post-surveys to determine staff familiarity with the checklist. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to measure improvements in knowledge.

Results: Preliminary data in September 2023 displayed low staff awareness (25%) and recall (12.5%) of the IHSBC. Following resocialization efforts in October 2023, awareness improved to 60%.

Conclusion: Resocialization efforts positively influenced staff awareness of the IHSBC, demonstrating the potential for improved utilization. Ongoing education and communication, most especially targeting travel nurses, are recommended to further enhance checklist application, ultimately contributing to improved sepsis care compliance and reduced sepsis fallouts.