Assessing Registered Nurses Knowledge of Comfort Measures Only: A Quality Improvement Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


School of Nursing




End of life care is a growing specialty in healthcare and requires specialized knowledge and care by the nurse. Many patients end their life in an acute care setting which may be lacking in providers who are well versed in end of life care, specifically comfort measures. Therefore, assessing the registered nurses knowledge of comfort measures only, as a component of end of life care, is a critical first step in improving end of life patient and family experience. By identifying current provider knowledge of comfort care and the understanding of practice guidelines, a specific and relevant educational program can be developed. This project will evaluate the level of self-reported knowledge of registered nurses who are caring for patients designated with comfort measures only orders. With successful completion of this project, the educational needs for these registered nurses will be identified and utilized to improve education and care delivery for patients who are on comfort measures only.

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