Date of Conferral



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Stacy Wahl


Increasing global occurrences of highly infectious, easily transmissible diseases unfamiliar to nurses affect the learning environment and the required skill set for professional nurses. The global threat of Ebola Virus Disease and other high-risk diseases requiring biocontainment necessitates competency in the management of complex patient needs, while ensuring safety measures that prevent spread of the potentially fatal disease. Guided by Bandura's social cognitive theory, this quantitative correlational study addressed the relationships between nurses' professional characteristics and their perceived self-efficacy when providing care to highly infectious patients requiring biocontainment. A full census of 92 nurses was used to recruit participants from eligible nurses for this study. Participants anonymously completed a cross-sectional electronic survey consisting of the Nursing Care Self-Efficacy Scale (NCSES) and questions related to the nurses' professional practice characteristics. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, correlations, and multiple linear regression. Results showed that the number of biocontainment drills and a higher level of formal education were significantly correlated with a higher total NCSES score. Years of nursing significantly predicted a higher total NCSES score. Results support the establishment of prerequisites criteria for learner participation in biocontainment training and the inclusion of multiple drill within the education design. Findings from this study may inform positive social change through educational enhancements that support the development of professional self-efficacy and competency in skill performance for nurses who care for patients with highly contagious diseases requiring biocontainment.