Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Kaija Freborg RN, DNP


The use of capnography plays a significant role in patient safety while recovering from anesthesia and sedation. Capnography has been used for many years in emergency departments, operation suites, and procedural areas. However, in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) capnography is rarely utilized. This proposed project explores the use of capnography in developing a project proposal and implementing an educational module to change this practice in a PACU. Dr. Watson's Transpersonal Caring Theory is used as the theoretical foundation for developing the project proposal. Within this project proposal an educational module will be developed using Dr. Watson's Theoretical concepts of mutuality, caring, and leadership will guide the development of the project. Implementation of the project will provide the necessary knowledge and skills for nurses in PACU to change their practice. Nursing leadership's role in the development and maintenance of this practice will constantly change as education and resource allocation are constantly evolving factors in practice change.


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Nursing Commons