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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Health Services


Anna Hubbard


Many hospitals fail to comply with sepsis treatment core measures. The purpose of this project was to educate nursing staff in a small rural emergency department in the Midwest United States about core measures that included 1-hour bundles for sepsis treatment. The project attempted to answer the practice-focused question: Does educating emergency department nursing staff in a small rural emergency department on the 1-hour sepsis bundle increase knowledge? Lewin’s Change Theory and Kirkpatrick’s Four-Level Training Evaluation Model served as the framework for the project. A 1-hour in-person education was developed using the Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate model with input from experts. Thirty registered emergency department nurses participated in the education. Results from a paired t test indicated a significant difference between pretest results (M = 54.3, SD = 14.8) and posttest results (M = 93.7, SD = 6.1), t(29) = 14.1, p < .001, indicating an increase in knowledge. Educating staff may result in improved sepsis identification and intervention times.