College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-20-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Karen Kapanke, DNP, CRNA

Second Advisor

Pamela Schwartz, DNP, CRNA

Third Advisor

Julia Feczko


Background: Video-based educational programs have been proven as a more effective means of instruction than traditional lecture and paper-based formats. Therefore, a video-based left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program was developed to address an identified knowledge gap for the NorthShore University HealthSystem (NSUHS) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNA). Objectives: The purpose of this quality improvement project (QIP) was to pilot a newly developed educational video intervention and evaluate the CRNAs’ and SRNAs’ pre- and postintervention knowledge difference of the LVAD and the LVAD patient population. Methods: The sample consisted of CRNAs and SRNAs from NSUHS and the NSUHS School of Nurse Anesthesia. Pre- and post-tests were used and uploaded to Google Forms to maintain anonymity and SPSS was used for data analysis. Results: The sample consisted of 13 CRNAs and SRNAs. Pre-test scores were found to be less than adequate (M=5.46, SD=1.71). Post-test scores after the educational video intervention did improve (M=6.46, SD=1.90), however, the results were statistically not significant (M=1.00, SD=1.87, -0.13 to 2.13 CI 95%, p=0.078). The Kuder-Richardson-20 (KR20) reliability coefficient for post-test scores was 0.518, which demonstrated adequate internal consistency for the post-test. Conclusion: The results demonstrated that the LVAD educational video intervention improved post-test scores when compared to pre-test scores. Although the results were statistically not significant and further large-sample studies are needed, this educational video intervention can be a useful tool to bridge the NSUHS CRNAs and SRNAs knowledge gap of LVADs and the LVAD patient population.

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