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Intensive care nurses' knowledge of enteral nutrition: a descriptive questionnaire

Morphet, Julia, Clarke, Angelique B. and Bloomer, Melissa J. 2016, Intensive care nurses' knowledge of enteral nutrition: a descriptive questionnaire, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 37, pp. 68-74, doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2016.07.001.

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Title Intensive care nurses' knowledge of enteral nutrition: a descriptive questionnaire
Author(s) Morphet, Julia
Clarke, Angelique B.
Bloomer, Melissa J.ORCID iD for Bloomer, Melissa J.
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 37
Start page 68
End page 74
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 0964-3397
Keyword(s) critical care
enteral nutrition
Summary BACKGROUND: Nurses have an important role in the delivery and management of enteral nutrition in critically ill patients, to prevent iatrogenic malnutrition. It is not clear how nurses source enteral nutrition information. 

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore Australian nurses' enteral nutrition knowledge and sources of information. 

DESIGN: Data were collected from members of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses in May 2014 using an online questionnaire. A combination of descriptive statistics and non-parametric analyses were undertaken to evaluate quantitative data. Content analysis was used to evaluate qualitative data. 

RESULTS: 359 responses were included in data analysis. All respondents were Registered Nurses with experience working in an Australian intensive care unit or high dependency unit. Most respondents reported their enteral nutrition knowledge was good (n=205, 60.1%) or excellent (n=35, 10.3%), but many lacked knowledge regarding the effect of malnutrition on patient outcomes. Dietitians and hospital protocols were the most valuable sources of enteral nutrition information, but were not consistently utilised. 

CONCLUSION: Significant knowledge deficits in relation to enteral nutrition were identified. Dietitians were the preferred source of nurses' enteral nutrition information, however their limited availability impacted their efficacy as an information resource. Educational opportunities for nurses need to be improved to enable appropriate nutritional care in critically ill patients.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.iccn.2016.07.001
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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Free to Read Start Date 2018-01-01
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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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