Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Nursing (BSN)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Marie Graf


For the purpose of this study, a chest tube drainage system (CTDS) is defined as a tube placed in the thoracic cavity using a Trocar that connects to an outside drainage system to remove air and fluid. A convenience sample of prelicensure baccalaureate nursing students at one four-year multiple campus Carnegie Research University were surveyed using a voluntary 10-question multiple style questionnaire. This research was designed to evaluate common perceptions and levels of understanding regarding CTDS, among current prelicensure baccalaureate nursing students at a four-year university. The questionnaire explored basic knowledge and level of comfort and understanding of CTDS. The data was collected using a proprietary online research survey service. The results show that students were able to grasp basic concepts of CTDS; however, the data suggests that students do not feel confident or comfortable working with CTDS in the practice setting. It is disconcerting that students do not feel confident or comfortable taking care of patients with CTDS in the clinical setting, due to the ever-growing prevalence of the systems in the present healthcare environment. Although these conclusions may be drawn from the data collected, the results may not be representative of the population secondary to the low response rate. The fact that this research was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic may help explain the low response rate.

Thesis Summary

This research project analyzed perceptions and levels of understanding regarding chest tube drainage systems among current 4-year prelicensure bachelorette nursing students currently classified in one of the four semesters outlined within the program. An anonymous ten-question survey was sent out to the students to complete. The results showed the basic level of knowledge that these students possess, how confident they are in using these devices, and how comfortable they would feel caring for a patient who has such a device.

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Nursing Commons