Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing



Research Sponsor

Carol Scotto

First Reader

Jennifer Magee

Second Reader

Lisa Hart




The risk of infection by antibiotic resistant organisms is a common problem in hospital settings. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is the most common type of resistant bacteria that can have serious consequences or even lead to death. Nurses' knowledge of how to prevent and treat this problem is essential for patient safety. The purpose of this study is to determine the differences in level of knowledge of MRSA in sophomore and senior level baccalaureate nursing students.


This descriptive, comparative study will examine differences in knowledge of MRSA between sophomore and senior baccalaureate nursing students and determine if relationships exist between the knowledge scores and participant.


The mean MRSA knowledge scores were the same between both groups at 43% correct. The demographic variables showed a weak positive correlation with the MRSA knowledge scores. The only variable that has statistical significance is whether or not the student is employed, whether it is in a healthcare setting or not.


This study has revealed that the amount of MRSA knowledge does not increase as the student progresses through the nursing program. Regardless of the increased quantity of clinical hours, experience, and education provided, the knowledge level remains the same throughout the program. Adding increased education regarding MRSA may prove beneficial to the quality of nurses that the school produces.