Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Ruth Chavez

First Committee Member

Susan Butz

Second Committee Member

Ruth Chavez

Third Committee Member

Joy Shoemaker

Subject Categories

Critical Care | Critical Care Nursing | Infectious Disease | Interprofessional Education | Medical Education | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Quality Improvement | Respiratory Tract Diseases


The final scholarly project proposal is to implement oral care education for nurses in an intensive care unit (ICU). The proposal aims to create a guideline for an investigator to implement oral care recommendations for mechanically ventilated patients in order to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The proposal consists of obtaining VAP data and oral care charting data for the unit studied, steps for providing oral care education, and analysis recommendations. Oral care involves swabbing the patient’s mouth every two hours with a swab and mouthwash. Oral care education would include handouts and direct teaching. The proposal aims to increase oral care charting rates and decrease ventilator-associated pneumonia after educating the unit’s nurses. There will also be recommendations for future practice in the unit and other ICUs. Dissemination will include a poster, presentation, paper, and submission to Digital Commons.

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