Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


Individualized education, regarding peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) care, should be provided by nurses to patients who are being discharged with PICCs in order to help patients achieve optimal outcomes. Without proper PICC care, patients are at risk for acquiring a catheter-related bloodstream infection or multiple attempts at venous access which can lead to venous depletion. At a large Midwestern medical center, all maintenance care for PICCs was being transitioned from the unit nurse to the PICC nurse, which created an opportunity to expand the part of the nurse educator role to the PICC nurse. The purpose of this project was to improve PICC education prior to discharge from a large Midwestern medical center through the development of an individualized PICC education process for patients who are discharged from the hospital with a PICC. Through review of the literature, proper PICC care, individualized education, and the importance of the nurse-patient relationship were explored. Newman's theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness (HEC) was used as a framework for improving PICC education through the use of her concepts of presence and pattern recognition. A Patient Needs Assessment Tool as well as a metaphor for patient education was also created to assist the nurse as educator in the new education process.


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