The effect of education on hypothetical and actual oxygen administration decisions

Considine, Julie, Botti, Mari and Thomas, Shane 2007, The effect of education on hypothetical and actual oxygen administration decisions, Nurse education today, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 651-660, doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2006.10.001.

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Title The effect of education on hypothetical and actual oxygen administration decisions
Author(s) Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie
Botti, MariORCID iD for Botti, Mari
Thomas, Shane
Journal name Nurse education today
Volume number 27
Issue number 6
Start page 651
End page 660
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication [Edinburgh, Scotland]
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 0260-6917
Keyword(s) emergency nursing
decision making
Summary Aim
This study examined the effect of an education intervention on emergency nurses’ decisions related to oxygen administration.

A controlled pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental design was used. The intervention was a written self directed learning package. Outcome measures were (i) factual knowledge measured using parallel form multiple choice questions (MCQs) and (ii) clinical decisions measured using parallel form MCQs, parallel form patient scenarios and clinical practice observation.

Eighty-eight nurses from 4 Melbourne EDs participated in the study (control group: n = 37 and experimental group: n = 51). Subgroups of nurses from the experimental group also participated in the patient scenarios (n = 20) and clinical practice observation (n = 10). Emergency nurses’ knowledge increased as a function of education. Both patient scenario data and clinical practice observation showed decreased selection of nasal cannulae, increased selection of air entrainment masks and a trend towards selection of higher oxygen flow rates following education.

Evaluation of educational interventions in nursing should focus on identifying strategies that enhance learning in a clinical environment, are valid in terms of the clinical context and culture in which they are being used and most importantly, produce sustained improvements in actual clinical practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2006.10.001
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Elsevier
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