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Training and experience of nurses in responding to alcohol misuse in rural communities

Kennedy, Alison J., Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita P., Ricciardelli, Lina A., Brumby, Susan A., Head, Alexandra and Mercer-Grant, Catherine 2013, Training and experience of nurses in responding to alcohol misuse in rural communities, Public health nursing, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 332-342, doi: 10.1111/phn.12029.

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Title Training and experience of nurses in responding to alcohol misuse in rural communities
Author(s) Kennedy, Alison J.
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita P.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Brumby, Susan A.ORCID iD for Brumby, Susan A.
Head, Alexandra
Mercer-Grant, Catherine
Journal name Public health nursing
Volume number 30
Issue number 4
Start page 332
End page 342
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Hoboken, N. J.
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 0737-1209
Keyword(s) alcohol
community health nursing
mental health
rural health
training program
Summary Objective Alcohol misuse by farmers continues to challenge rural nurses. This article reports on the experiences of Australian nurses participating in the Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP).

Design and Sample Qualitative interviews of 15 rural and remote nurses.

Measures Semi-structured phone interviews were utilized to assess the response to and implementation of the AITP—an intervention designed to build nurses' knowledge, confidence and skills when responding to alcohol misuse. It comprises practical and theoretical components and was designed for rural and remote settings where nurses encounter alcohol misuse.

Results Nurses found the training provided new—or built on existing—knowledge of alcohol misuse and offered practical hands-on “real life” skills. A range of workplace and personal situations where the content of the training was now being utilized were identified, and future use anticipated. Barriers to using the new knowledge and skills included both rural and generic issues. Constructive feedback to increasingly target the training to rural settings was recommended.

Conclusions The AITP is an effective training program. It can be further tailored to meet common needs of rural and remote nurses working with farmers who misuse alcohol, while recognizing diversity in rural practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/phn.12029
Field of Research 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio Economic Objective 920506 Rural Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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