Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert L. Anders


AbstractHealthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) threaten the quality and safety of the services provided. HCAIs are infections that occur while a patient is receiving treatment for another condition in any type of healthcare. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that approximately one in every 20 inpatients will become infected with an HCAI during their hospital stay. Proper hand hygiene is the most significant intervention in preventing HCAIs. Despite hand hygiene's effectiveness, evidence suggests that only 50% of healthcare workers are compliant with proper hand hygiene techniques. The purpose of this project is to increase nurse’s knowledge the via education. Kotter's eight-step change model was used to promote an environment/culture of safety via educated, conscientious healthcare workers committed to 100% hand hygiene compliance. An expert panel of six nurse educators used Lynn's Model for validity to evaluate the educational content and assessments for relevance and appropriateness for the intended audience, quality, accuracy, and consistency with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. The power point and lesson plan were determined to be valuable teaching tools by the expert panel. Formative and summative appraisals were used to assess the effectiveness of the staff education project. Responses to the pre and post staff education test supported the gain of new knowledge. The experts also determined this education could be edited to educate other healthcare workers such as unlicensed personnel and the public to prevent the spread of pathogens. This staff education has potential to affect positive social change by reducing HCAIs through the empowerment of nurses to engage in safe hand hygiene practices.