Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Postpartum hemorrhage is the second leading cause of maternal death in the United States. According to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, postpartum hemorrhage is an obstetric emergency. Between 2012 and 2013, a medical facility reported 369 postpartum hemorrhages, a 4.7% increase from previous years. It is important to address this practice issue because postpartum hemorrhage can lead to maternal mortality. The purpose of this project was to increase staff nurses' awareness and knowledge of their role on the management of postpartum hemorrhage. The outcome of the project paper was implementation of an educational module on postpartum hemorrhage at this medical facility. The conceptual model, Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, was used to guide this project. The project researcher presented a postpartum hemorrhage module to a staff of 80 postpartum nurses. The module included a pre and post-test developed using Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses' guidelines and was reviewed by a panel of experts for content validity, content on postpartum hemorrhage, and an evaluation of the project. The panel consisted of the Director of Maternal Child unit and 3 appointed obstetricians. Nurses' knowledge of postpartum hemorrhage was evaluated by comparing mean aggregate pre and post-test scores. Results showed an increase in the staff nurses' knowledge and awareness of postpartum hemorrhage. These findings are important for nurse leaders and healthcare organizations because they demonstrate that providing staff nurses with an educational program on the importance of postpartum hemorrhage can impact the level of knowledge and thereby increase positive patient outcomes.