Evaluation of an alcohol intervention training program for nurses in rural Australia

Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita, Ricciardelli, Lina A., Brumby, Susan, Head, Alexandra, Mercer-Grant, Catherine and Kennedy, Alison 2013, Evaluation of an alcohol intervention training program for nurses in rural Australia, Journal of research in nursing, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 561-575.

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Title Evaluation of an alcohol intervention training program for nurses in rural Australia
Author(s) Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita
Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Brumby, Susan
Head, Alexandra
Mercer-Grant, Catherine
Kennedy, Alison
Journal name Journal of research in nursing
Volume number 18
Issue number 6
Start page 561
End page 575
Total pages 15
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1744-9871
1744-988X
Keyword(s) depression
evaluation research
nurse education
research implementation
rural nursing
substance abuse
Summary Aim: This paper reports on the development, implementation and evaluation of the Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP) designed to enhance nurses’ capacity to work with farming men and women who misuse alcohol.

Background: In rural and regional areas where alcohol-related behaviours and problems are relatively elevated, nurses may be the key health professionals dealing with individuals who misuse alcohol. However, they are often ill-equipped to do this, have low confidence in their ability to do so, and perceive numerous barriers. Training is required for these nurses.

Methods: We developed the AITP to enhance nurses’ capacity to work with people with alcohol-related problems. The data were collected during 2010. An intervention group of 15 rural nurses completed the AITP. Nurses’ perceived barriers, attitudes, and perceived performance in working with clients with alcohol problems, and the frequency of engaging with this client group were evaluated. Scores on these measures were compared to those of a control group of 17 nurses’ pre-treatment, post-treatment and at 3-month follow-up.

Results: Participation in the AITP resulted in initial improvements in attitudes to working with alcohol problems, but no change in perceived barriers to doing so. The level of engagement with clients having alcohol-related problems increased, as did perceptions of work performance.

Conclusion: The AITP enhances the ability of rural nurses to address the alcohol and associated health issues of clients in rural and regional areas. However, the program needs refinement and further evaluation.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051683

Document type: Journal Article
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