Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
Joyce P. Miller DNP,RN
For nurses in outpatient dialysis, an accidental needle stick could result in contracting the Hepatitis B virus. It is recommended that all individuals receive the series of three Hepatitis B vaccinations. To determine if immunity is developed as a result of the vaccinations, Hepatitis B serology testing is performed and a positive antibody and titer level above 10 mIU/mL is indicative of immunity. Without awareness of their personal Hepatitis B serology, nurses working with Hepatitis B positive patients in the outpatient dialysis setting lack knowledge to protect their health. The implementation of an educational module, influenced by Knowles' principles of adult learning and Pender's Health Promotion Model, provides the information necessary to broaden awareness and inspire dialysis nurses to find out their Hepatitis B serology results for their personal health protection. Without awareness and serology testing, individuals that receive a Hepatitis B vaccination series are left not knowing whether immunity was developed. For dialysis nurses at high risk of occupational exposure, knowledge of immunity provides a sense of relief of fear from the possibility of contracting the Hepatitis B virus. Broadening awareness will hopefully inspire nurses to promote and protect their health and well-being.
Hanson, Kristi, "Hepatitis b Serology Testing: an Educational Module for Nurses in Outpatient Dialysis" (2014). Theses and Graduate Projects. 1504.