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Pressure injury prevention: Australian Nursing students knowledge and attitudes

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Mather, C and Saunders, A and Miller, AB and Jacques, A and Ringsall, S, Pressure injury prevention: Australian Nursing students knowledge and attitudes, Teaching Matters 2017, 28 November 2017, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

Pressure injuries (PIs) significantly impact the quality of life of affected patients and continue to be a major financial burden on the healthcare system. Nurses are critical in preventing pressure injuries (Moore & Clarke 2011). Improved patient outcomes in terms of reduced rates of PIs, hospital days, morbidity and financial outputs have been directly related to healthcare workers’ level of knowledge and positive attitudes toward PI prevention (Severens et al 2002). The aim of this study was to investigate Australian Bachelor of Nursing student attitudes and knowledge of PI prevention as part of a national, cross-sectional survey. Findings from the University of Tasmania nursing student cohort were examined, to enable further evolution of an evidence-based curriculum to support PI prevention early.

A convenience sample of undergraduate students were invited to participate in this ethics approved study. Under supervision, students (n= 472) completed a previously validated paper-based questionnaire. Descriptive analysis was undertaken using SPSSTM (Version 22). Findings indicated that whilst Tasmanian students have positive attitudes towards PI prevention, their knowledge of PI prevention is poor (mean score=55.4%). However, these scores are marginally higher than the knowledge score reported by other researchers using the same tool in Belgium (49.6%) (Beeckman et al 2011) and Italy (51%) (Simonetti et al 2013). These globally low scores indicate preventative care strategies in clinical practice may be undesirably affected.

In an effort to improve undergraduate students’ knowledge of PI prevention, an online learning and teaching intervention was embedded into the 2017 first year nursing practice content. The ‘Stop the Pressure’ online learning tool was chosen because a 50% reduction in the incidence of new PIs was reported after introduction to raise awareness of healthcare professionals in eastern England (Banks 2015). The survey was repeated this semester and comparison with previous scores will be useful to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention and provide direction for further improvement.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Nursing, , pressure Injury, prevention, students
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Preventive Medicine
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Mather, C (Dr Carey Mather)
UTAS Author:Saunders, A (Ms Annette Saunders)
UTAS Author:Miller, AB (Ms Andrea Miller)
ID Code:122717
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-11-23
Last Modified:2018-02-08
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