Date of Award

Summer 2023

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Ashley Isaac-Dockery


Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) are a form of infection a patient acquired during hospitalization. Whether through the application or implementation of medical devices, performing bedside procedures, or non-adherence to following aseptic techniques, healthcare providers are responsible to ensure patients remain safe throughout the course of their inpatient treatment. Over the past 2 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has reported HAIs, specifically catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) have increased above pre-pandemic reported cases (CDC, 2021). These types of infections can lead to many factors that affect the patient and their family such as, “increased length of stay in care facilities, increased risk of mortality, and increased healthcare cost,” (Healthy People 2020, 2022, p. 4) among others. The need to prevent or greatly reduce the number of HAIs is important to the safety and outcome evaluation of the patients. Simulation-based learning (SBL) is a technique used in different industries to grow the knowledge and skill sets of its employees. Simulation-based learning can be a useful tool for nursing students to engage in learning, which is safe and effective, without compromising harm to the real patient. Simulation-based learning has become an important part of the nursing curriculum. As student nurses undergo simulation-based learning, they can practice repetition of skills such as hand hygiene, sterile technique, and patient education, to help increase their knowledge about HAI. Will providing a simulation based-learning model to first-year nursing students increase their awareness, knowledge, and self-related to catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)?

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