Date of Award/Publication
M.S. in Advanced Practice Nursing
Background:Nurses are the primary educators for a patient and their family when a patient is in the hospital. Previous studies have shown that nurses are not adequately prepared to educate patients and their support person regarding heart failure.
Objective/Purpose: To assess prior knowledge of heart failure education before an educational intervention that aims to increase nursing staff knowledge of heart failure education.
Methods: An educational session with a pre-test and a post-test was conducted regarding heart failure. A convenience sample of heart failure nurses was recruited from a cardiac care unit.
Results: While a total of 19 participants completed the pre-test, 16 participants completed both the pre-test and post-test; therefore, three pre-test surveys were removed from the analysis. A paired samples t-test showed no significant difference between the pre-test score (M = 80.6, SD = 9.64) and post-test score (M = 86.6, SD = 4.73) (t (15)= -1.96, p = 0.069).
Conclusion:The current study showed a slight change in knowledge of heart failure associated with an educational session. Education to all nursing staff and patients might improve patient safety and outcomes.
St. James, Susan, "Nurses' Knowledge of Heart Failure Education" (2018). Nursing Masters. Paper 59.
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