Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Candice Rome


Achieving peripheral venous access in patients is one of the first steps in most treatment protocols. Delays or even failures to obtain peripheral venous access can delay lifesaving treatments, prolong hospital stays, and affect patient outcomes. Peripheral venous access can be difficult due to chronic disease processes, scarring of valves from frequent cannulation, limitation due to dialysis fistulas, or due to acute conditions such as hypovolemia and hypotension. Studies have found the use of ultrasound-guided techniques can achieve peripheral venous access quickly and prevent the need for more aggressive procedures (Skulec et al., 2020). However, there is a gap between evidence-based practice and clinical practice when the technique is not utilized in clinical practice due to a lack of knowledge and training.

The DNP project intervention included the development, implementation, and assessment of a recorded training video. Pre- and post-intervention surveys were conducted to determine if the training video increased participant’s knowledge and confidence in the technique. Forty-one of the 46 employees (89%) participated in the project. The pre-and post-intervention scores were compared and indicated the intervention was successful in increasing participants' knowledge and confidence in the technique. Of the participants, 2% were confident in their knowledge and confidence enough to adopt the technique in the pre-intervention survey. This increased to 51% in the post-intervention survey. This exceeded the goal of increasing the participant’s knowledge and confidence in the technique by 25%.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Included in

Nursing Commons