Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Ashley Isaac-Dockery


The educational needs of nurses vary depending on the practice setting in which he or she is employed. Some competencies are taught yearly or bi-yearly. The current process for registered nurses to learn how to use the defibrillator is through the advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) training they are required to take every 2 years. Although a certification proves a nurse is competent in a certain area, skills tend to be forgotten over time. It is often noted “if you don’t use your skills, you lose them.” Nelson and Aguirri (2020) reported even though there are many facets to the code blue protocol, high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation continue to be the cornerstone of survival. Will providing an educational session on the use of the defibrillator increase knowledge and confidence of registered nurses (RN) on the cardiac care unit? Registered nurses (RN) completed a mandatory educational session on the usage of the defibrillator during a code blue with hands-on instructions. As a result of this project, nurses had an increase in knowledge and felt more comfortable with using a defibrillator during a code blue after the educational session and hands on instruction.

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