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Using e-learning to increase the preparedness and confidence of nurses to perform buttonhole cannulation

conference contribution
posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by P Sinclair, I Blackman, Monica SchochMonica Schoch, K Black
Arteriovenous fistulae are considered the gold standard for haemodialysis vascular access. Their use can be fraught with complications for both the patient and cannulator, with knowledge, expertise and skills being key factors in reducing access associated morbidity. There is mounting evidence demonstrating the efficacy of the buttonhole technique. One disturbing problem noted with the buttonhole experience has been an increased rate in site infections, anecdotally attributed to poor buttonhole site preparation. Enhanced knowledge and skills for nurses are crucial in increasing patient comfort and improving outcomes.

Although knowledge and skill acquisition related to vascular access are often the focus of individual institutional educational initiatives, a national evidence based program that provides free equitable access to all nurses does not exist in Australasia. A survey of Australasian Nephrology Educators’ identified the need for more effective and consistent delivery of clinical education for nurses using innovative, web‐based approaches that support the tenets of e-learning methodologies. This paper will discuss the development and implementation of an e-learning program for buttonhole cannulation. The preparedness of participants to professionally engage with buttonhole cannulation and their self-efficacy (estimates) in undertaking learning about the clinical procedure using e-learning will be evaluated. In addition it will highlight the benefits of inter‐organizational partnerships and how they can facilitate positive change in teaching and learning practices aimed at improving patient outcomes. This project has unique characteristics that collectively provide value, distinction and innovation to patients, nurses, and renal departments across Australasia. As the e-learning program is founded on evidence based practice this project is easily transferable to an international context.

History

Pagination

69-69

Location

Dublin, Ireland

Start date

2010-09-18

End date

2010-09-21

ISBN-13

9788025478929

Language

eng

Notes

Winner of 'Certificate of Merit' for 3rd place in Poster section.

Publication classification

E3.1 Extract of paper

Copyright notice

2012, EDTNA/ERCA

Editor/Contributor(s)

[Ashwanden C

Title of proceedings

EDTNA/ERCA 2010 : 39th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference Abstract Booklet : Moving forward together Education and Innovation in Renal Care

Event

European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association International Conference (39th : 2010 : Dublin, Ireland)

Publisher

EDTNA/ERCA

Place of publication

Prague, Czech Republic

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