Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Alessandra Morales

Second Advisor

Debbie Martinez

Third Advisor

Michael Bueno

Abstract

CNL students were invited to a large metropolitan hospital in an effort to create a quality improvement project related to sepsis in order to decrease cost, the length of stay, and improve patient outcomes. CNL students shadowed nurses in order to better un derstand the nursing culture and assess the microsystem. Chart audits were reviewed to determine whether nurses at the assigned units were completing sepsis screenings on time and used the appropriate vital signs and labs. Nurses’ questionnaires were provi ded to assess sepsis knowledge and their understanding of sepsis. Results showed a lack in compliance in completing sepsis screenings on time through observation, but it was discovered in the chart audits that nurses were changing the time of completion. A sepsis badge was created and a sepsis proce ss map was improved to better assist nurses with the identification of sepsis. A CNL and “Sepsis Champion” is recommended in order to implement sepsis screenings and improve patient outcomes.

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