Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


This DNP project was conducted to identify gaps in knowledge focusing on sexually transmitted infections within Texas and Region one. The research study gathered data from first-year nursing students who have chosen to participate in a sexually transmitted infection-focused educational module. Participants were first-year nursing students and understood the research study was strictly voluntary with no forms of compensation. Currently, the curriculum in the nursing program at which the study took place does not focus on sexually transmitted infections and is directed to speak minimally on the subject. This is a contributing factor to why the rise in sexually transmitted infections and lack of knowledge in the region is so prevalent. This crosssectional descriptive correlational study sought to build upon and enhance the student nurse’s current knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in sexually transmitted infections in hopes of decreasing the rise and educating others on sexual health. A total of 45 students in their first semester of an Associate Degree Nursing Program in rural Texas consented to participate in this study. Each participant was educated on the study being conducted in an online format using a proxy and the researcher. An electronic survey was completed by the participants before and after viewing the interactive evidence-based educational module that focused on sexually transmitted infections. The pre-intervention scores were statistically significantly different from postintervention scores (p < 0.05), with a higher average of correct scores postintervention (25.6 postintervention compared to 8.4 pre-intervention; Figure 1–2). Two percent of participants received a score of 20 or more pre-educational intervention, compared to 98% of participants posteducational, proving that the educational module was beneficial for those who participated in the study.

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