Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2014

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

T. Gallo


This paper will discuss the implementation of an emergency preparedness quality improvement project conducted by a University of San Francisco Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) student on an inpatient cardiac unit, Unit H, at an urban teaching hospital in Northern California, Hospital B. An assessment of the current state of emergency preparedness, a diagnosis of Unit H’s area of greatest needs, the details of planning and implementing the quality improvement as well as the final evaluation will be discussed. The nursing process will be used for the structure of this paper as it was used as the structure of this project. This structure aligns with and was implemented with the change theories of Kurt Lewin and Ronald Lippitt (see Appendix A; Mitchell, 2013). The results of this project included an overall increase in Unit H’s nurses’ feeling of preparedness as well as bringing Unit H’s Emergency Action Plan and equipment into compliance with Hospital B’s policies and Joint Commission standards.