Date of Graduation

Fall 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 Mostasisa, EdD, MS, BSN, RN


Problem: Sepsis stands as the foremost cause of illness and death among hospitalized patients globally, yet a considerable number remain oblivious to this critical condition. Based on the pre-implementation survey among non-clinical staff members of an urban hospital, awareness of sepsis must be heightened to ensure swift recognition and response.

Context: The project conducted takes place in five distinct non-clinical departments at a large hospital organization in Northern California. Each department plays an essential role in the holistic and efficient functioning of the organization to provide quality patient care.

Interventions: A sepsis awareness campaign was implemented throughout the month of September. To enhance the understanding and recognition of sepsis, information about sepsis, its risk factors, and the importance of early detection was disseminated through group discussions and the distribution of educational flyers.

Measures: A pre-implementation assessment of each department was conducted before September. Clinical nurse leader (CNL) students conducted a verbal survey among non-clinical staff members to determine whether or not they were aware of the term “sepsis.” Evaluation of the campaign was executed through a post-intervention survey.

Results: In the pre-intervention survey, 3% of non-clinical staff were aware of sepsis. Due to changes in departmental leadership, the post-intervention survey was only conducted in one department - environmental services (EVS)- in which 0% of employees were aware of sepsis.

Conclusion: Non-clinical staff play a pivotal role in recognizing sepsis, facilitating timely interventions, and contributing to infection prevention. Fostering a heightened awareness through education, non-clinical staff can significantly enhance the hospital’s capacity to address sepsis.

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Nursing Commons