Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Tricia Bernecker

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Sandra Cleveland


Ongoing competency validation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills is not a routine practice in nursing school. Basic Life Support training and certification is obtained before or during nursing school with little opportunity for practice. Poor quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills can affect the confidence level of the performer and the patient outcome. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of training nursing faculty on the adoption of cardiopulmonary resuscitation technology into nursing school curriculum to provide improved cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills to nursing students. Using a pretest-posttest, this study followed the Kirkpatrick model of evaluation of continuing education, which measures reaction, knowledge gain, ability to apply learning and results noted from application. This convenience sample consisted of undergraduate nursing faculty located in the North and East Texas area who willingly attended the provided educational intervention. The researcher utilized a Wilcoxon signed-rank test to evaluate participants’ reactions, knowledge gain, and perceived level of willingness to adopt an evidence-based competency validation resuscitation program. This project provides knowledge and awareness that promotes an avenue for nursing education to move from a certification-based resuscitation program to an evidence-based competency validation resuscitation program. Cardiac arrests continue to be a significant health problem both in and out of the hospital; nurses should be ready and prepared to provide prompt initiation of quality CPR, which would lead to improved patient outcomes.

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