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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a continuous health concern in the United States (United States Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], 2021). Nurses, as health promoters and leaders within the community have a unique role to provide education, screening, and treatment for STIs in all health care settings that could in turn result in a substantial decrease to overall STI rates. Current research indicates STI rates are increasing across the country, and Bungay et al., (2016) asserts that nurses may not be working within their full scope of practice to address this issue. Lack of focused nursing education resulting in varied levels of confidence in knowledge, limited availability of STI services in the community, public resource funding, and continuing education may provide insight into the gaps in professional practice. It is crucial for undergraduate nursing programs to educate nursing students on the topic of STIs sufficiently enough so that future nurses will feel more equipped to combat this health crisis. The following honor’s project will explore the knowledge and attitudes among final semester senior level nursing students at Rhode Island College regarding STIs. The goal of the study is to evaluate how much knowledge senior level nursing students have as they prepare to graduate and begin their professional career.

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