Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Kathleen Masters

Advisor Department



The purpose of this study is to determine nurses’ knowledge of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the attitude they have towards patients with MRSA, and how well they comply with MRSA protocols. Forty-six nurses participated in this study. A questionnaire assessing knowledge, attitude, and compliance was distributed via email to graduates of the University of Southern Mississippi. The survey had three sections to assess each variable, with 17 true/false questions about knowledge, 10 questions about attitude, and 6 questions about compliance. Overall, nurses in this study had adequate knowledge of MRSA, aside from overt lack of knowledge regarding antibiotic treatment. Their attitudes were overall positive. While a large majority of nurses complied with hand hygiene and the wearing of gloves, nurses were lacking in compliance with wearing gowns. With these factors considered, nurses need continuing education about MRSA.

Included in

Nursing Commons