Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Robert McWhirt


AbstractCatheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are infections that happen in the urinary tract in men and women when foley catheterization is not done using strict aseptic techniques. Bacteria can then travel up the urinary catheter into the bladder; therefore, contaminating urine in the bladder. This project site’s nursing staff was experiencing a lack of knowledge regarding CAUTI prevention. This lack of knowledge on the importance of sterile technique when inserting urinary catheters can lead to CAUTIs. The project question for this project addressed whether the educational program on the importance of a strict sterile technique on urinary catheter insertion and maintenance improves the knowledge of nurses as evidenced from pre and post survey. Knowles’s adult learning theory and the analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation model was used as the foundation for this project. Ten long-term care nursing staff members participated in the educational project on CAUTI prevention. A pre- and posttest design was used to collect and analyze data as well as determine if the education was effective. Upon completion of the project, results were then placed into Excel to help determine the overall mean scores between the pre- and posttest results. The results showed a mean item score increase of a 1.71 from the pretest (M = 3.29) to the posttest (M = 5.0) suggesting an increase in knowledge on CAUTI prevention, and indicated the presentation was helpful to the nursing staff. Positive social change can occur through improved staff competency and regular educational sessions, which can lead to fewer CAUTI cases. This education should continue to promote awareness of CAUTI prevention techniques among the nursing staff.