Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN

Second Advisor

Kimberly Lohr, DNP, RN, NNP-BC, PPCNP-BC,

Third Advisor

Lynn Stachel, MSN, RN, CPON,

Fourth Advisor

JoAnn Mooney, BSN, RN, CPN, CPPS


Pediatric sepsis is a major contributor to childhood morbidity and mortality. Tools for predicting sepsis in pediatric patients have had poor predictive ability nor been validated. Risk assessment screening tools are effective at earlier detection of sepsis. The implementation of an evidence-based pediatric sepsis screening tool could reduce time to detect and diagnose severe sepsis so that patient treatment could occur earlier. This was a quality improvement project that evaluated a sepsis screening tool predictive validity at a children’s hospital.