Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Elena Capella


The aim of the CNL Internship Project is to improve quality of patient care and pain management through improved pain reassessment and documentation. The project is to be implemented in the surgical unit of a community hospital in the California Bay Area. The unit has a maximum capacity of 38 beds and is staffed by 47 RNs and 4 LVNs. A nurse survey was conducted to assess the needs of the staff and the unit, and an education plan was created for the unit. Educational materials, including: highlighted academic articles, posters, handouts, and small posted reminders at nurse computers were all created to supplement the individual teaching to be implemented. Review of literature suggests that through the improvement of pain reassessment and documentation, an improvement in pain management and patient satisfaction will follow. The project is pending approval from the hospital and will be implemented immediately following approval. Data will be collected at and prior to June 2017 through HCAHPS in order to assess patient satisfaction with pain management.