Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)






Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is found worldwide, but the burden is much higher in correctional settings compared to general populations. In a detention centered located in Washington, the nurses at booking do not know who are at risk for Hepatitis C. This Doctor of Nursing (DNP) project attempted to answer the question of if educating nursing staff at the detention facility in Washington increase their knowledge of the importance of screening inmates for hepatitis C.The purpose of this project was to educate nursing staff about the risk factors for HCV so that proper screening can be done. Knowles’s adult learning theory and the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation model guided the DNP project. There were 55 nurses who voluntarily participated in the 60-minute synchronous in-person staff education. Descriptive statistical analysis paired t test was used to determine the percentage difference between the pre- and post-test scores. The two-tail p value equaled 0.0056, demonstrating significance. The findings indicated that nursing staff’s knowledge increased after participating in the education program. Recommendations include continuing education courses on hepatitis C screening for the nursing staff and access to online hepatitis C screening guidelines. The project has potential implications for positive social change for several groups, including nursing staff and inmates having risk for hepatitis C, by increasing the nursing staff’s knowledge and by providing tools needed to screen inmates for hepatitis C.