Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2022

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Harris

Second Advisor

Dr. Tracy Stahl

Third Advisor

Dr. Anuradha Ghosh


Bronchiolitis is the leading cause of hospital admission for infants. Eighty percent of bronchiolitis cases are caused by the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). While guidelines on the treatment of RSV/bronchiolitis have been published since 2006, the literature reveals that they are not widely followed. After completing a literature review on the current evidence-based treatment guidelines of RSV/bronchiolitis, nurses from a rural hospital in southeast Kansas were educated on these guidelines to improve their knowledge regarding treatments for RSV/bronchiolitis pediatric patients. This study utilized a pretest-posttest design to determine the knowledge gained after the educational presentation. The nurses completed a survey after the educational lesson to assess how the educational lesson affected their knowledge and perceptions regarding RSV/bronchiolitis guidelines. The findings of this study indicated that an educational presentation over RSV/bronchiolitis guidelines improved the knowledge of rural nurses on this topic. The results determined that the educational presentation was helpful in teaching nurses about the management of pediatric RSV/bronchiolitis. The knowledge gained by rural nurses in this study could ultimately decrease hospital length of stay as well as the need for escalation of care in these pediatric patients. The goal is to improve the quality of care administered to pediatric RSV/bronchiolitis patients by the hospital in the community.

Included in

Nursing Commons