Palliative Care Knowledge and Self-Efficacy within a Baccalaureate Nursing Program: Phase 2b
Nursing Research on the Green
Angelina Pirozzoli; Madeline Podgorak; Maureen Gerson DNP, RN; Amy Reitmaier Koehler, Ph.D., RN – Winona State University
- Background: As the older adult population continues to grow, it is more important then ever to prepare student nurses in palliative care.
- Significance: Nurses and other healthcare professionals lack knowledge in effective end-of-life care. In addition, many baccalaureate nursing graduates agreed that their education was inadequate in preparing them for end-of-life care (Ferrell, Virani, Grant, Coyne, & Uman, 2000).
- Purpose/objective: Our study examined the progression of nursing students’ knowledge and self-efficacy in end-of-life care within a nursing program.
- Methods/project: Using a pretest-posttest design, data was collected at the start of their nursing courses and at two other points within the year. This is the second phase of this quantitative study; the first phase involved a different cohort of nursing students.
- Results: The first phase of the study has been completed and participant knowledge and self-efficacy scores improved with statistical significance. Statistical analysis of the phase two data will be available at the time of the poster presentation.
- Clinical implications: The significance of the study supports the need for ongoing education within a nursing program to promote student knowledge and self-efficacy in end-of-life care. Reinforcement of learning may help sustain these gains that may eventually improve patient outcomes.