A needs assessment was conducted on the pediatric oncology floor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) that found that there was a gap in the knowledge about sepsis identification and treatment among new graduate nurses. In order to address the issue of rising sepsis cases on the oncology unit, education was developed aimed at new graduate nurses on the signs and symptoms of sepsis, how to effectively communicate with providers about their concerns to begin treatment immediately allowing for a decrease in the number of ICU transfers and provide better outcomes for patients. Teaching methods utilized in this project were PowerPoint and role play communication scenarios. Evaluation methods included a pre- and post-test to assess whether or not information was retained from the educational session. A confidence level survey was also administered to evaluate whether or not the nurses had gained confidence in their ability to reach out to providers about concerns regarding a septic patient.
Results of the first educational session had a pre-test average of 89% with a post-test average of 96%. The confidence level survey administered to the nurses at the beginning of the session had an average of 3.33 out of 5, the post survey had an average of 5. The second educational session had a pre-test average of 58% with a post-test average of 96%. The confidence level survey that had been administered at the beginning of the session had an average of 1.4 out of 5 whereas the post survey had an average of 3.8 out of 5. When evaluating the results of the educational session, the project was deemed an overall success due to the increase in knowledge about the signs and symptoms of sepsis and the nurse’s increased confidence when reaching out to providers.
Spence, Sara, "How Identification & Therapeutic Communication Can Decrease Sepsis Cases in Pediatric Oncology Pts." (2021). Master of Science in Nursing Scholarly Project. 32.