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

Dr. Theresa M. Mostasisa


Problem: Sepsis is a life threatening disease that has caused over a million deaths annually in the nation. Early recognition of sepsis is highly crucial for health care professionals to know to prevent an increase of mortality and morbidity rates. This quality improvement project aimed to increase sepsis bundle checklist awareness to the staff and compliance in the Intensive Care Unit to improve the sepsis cases.

Context: Clinical Nurse Leader students completed a microsystem assessment of the Intensive Care Unit at Hospital X in San Mateo County. This unit cares for patients with sepsis, septic shock, severe sepsis, organ failure, and stroke.

Interventions: The implemented intervention of sepsis bundle resocialization was ineffective. Measures: After completing an assessment of the microsystem, the students collected data to evaluate if the nurses were aware of the sepsis bundle checklist. The post-survey was to measure if the intervention of resocializing the sepsis bundle checklist was effective.

Results: Analysis from the initial survey showed that 42% nurses were aware of the sepsis bundle checklist. From the post survey it showed that 0% nurses were aware of the sepsis bundle checklist.

Conclusions: In collaboration, with my CNL colleague student, sepsis champion, registered nurses, assistant nurse managers, and quality improvement consultant, a need for sepsis bundle adherence and awareness was identified at Hospital X in the ICU. This study has the potential to expand on the project of reducing sepsis cases of staffing being aware and adhering to the sepsis bundle checklist.

Keywords: sepsis, sepsis bundle, sepsis ICU, sepsis bundle checklist, and sepsis awareness