Date of Award


Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Committee Chair

Lenora Smith

Committee Member

Susan Alexander

Committee Member

Douglas Lillifield


Needlestick injuries, Medical personnel--Wounds and injuries


The purpose of this Scholarly Project is to increase provider and staff knowledge regarding the prevention and management of needle stick injuries. The clinical problem is inadequate training and education regarding needle stick injuries at a Physical Medicine/orthopedic clinic. The goal is the development of a Needle Stick Injury Prevention Protocol with an assessment and comparison of knowledge gained post education. Implementation of the protocol and educational seminars improve participant knowledge and attitudes regarding needle stick injuries. Outcomes assess if providers and nursing staff have improved knowledge of how to prevent and manage a needle stick injury after the project implementation. Benchmarks for the project include eliminating unnecessary injections, ensuring the use of the safest needle devices, creating a Needle Stick Injury Prevention Protocol with the most up to date evidence based medicine and ensuring adequate education of staff. The findings suggest that participants have improved knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to needle stick injuries at the organization. The evaluation plan includes effectiveness of the project implementation with evaluation of learning and data analysis.



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