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

Danijela Pavlic


As the number of human participants in clinical trials continues to grow, it is increasingly imperative that research nurses are educated about valid research informed consent to improve patient outcomes. As patient advocates, nurses must be aware of the components and principles of valid informed consent in order to protect the rights, safety, and wellbeing of their patients as human subjects. The research nurse must also be aware of their available resources and who to contact if they suspect a problem or a lack of patient comprehension of the study. In order to address these needs, an evidence-based performance improvement project was created as part of a Clinical Nurse Leader Internship on the Clinical Research Unit of an urban teaching hospital. This unit did not have any formal training on research informed consent for their nursing staff. An evidence-based education tool was created to train new nurses on the unit about research informed consent to increase nurse competency in valid informed consent and improve patient outcomes. An assessment was used to evaluate the staff’s knowledge on Research Informed Consent. After the implementation of the education tool, this assessment was repeated and presented a thirty-two percent improvement in the staff’s knowledge on Research Informed Consent.