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Impact of an educational intervention on nurses’ knowledge and caring behavior for late preterm infants

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of an educational intervention
using Swanson’s (1991) caring theory on (a) nurses’ knowledge and caring behavior to
late preterm infants (LPIs) and their families, and (b) the incidence of LPIs’ hospital
visits and readmission rates for hyperbilirubinemia and dehydration in the first 30 days of
life.
The study began with the initial testing of the two instruments used and there
were no inconsistencies identified in the content being measured. A convenient sample of
nursery and postpartum nurses was recruited from two hospitals within a healthcare
system. The nurses completed the consents and the surveys online via Survey Monkey®.
Instruments used in the survey included a demographic, knowledge, and caring
questionnaires.
The participants’ inclusion criteria were nurses who have: a) completed at least
one year experience working with well newborns, b) attended the educational intervention, and c) completed tests at the three intervals. SPSS for Windows (version 21)
was used to analyze data using statistical techniques and ANOVA repeated measures.
Study findings support improved knowledge for all participants; however, there
was decreased retention of knowledge noted one month later. There was a 37% increase
in knowledge from the baseline mean scores to the posttest mean scores (52% to 89%),
although there was a 20% knowledge decrease from the posttest to one month later (89%-
69%). There remained a true knowledge gain since knowledge increased between the
baseline measurements to the 1-month follow-up assessment (52% to 69%). Infant
outcomes related to hyperbilirubinemia and dehydration also demonstrated patterns of
improvement in the direction of statistical significance. The study added to the body of
nursing science regarding educational intervention as a tool in increasing nurses’
knowledge. / Includes bibliography. / Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014. / FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection

Identiferoai:union.ndltd.org:fau.edu/oai:fau.digital.flvc.org:fau_13484
ContributorsOnyejuruwa, Francesca I. (author), Dormire, Sharon (Thesis advisor), Florida Atlantic University (Degree grantor), Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
PublisherFlorida Atlantic University
Source SetsFlorida Atlantic University
LanguageEnglish
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation, Text
Format163 p., application/pdf
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