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Palliative Care Knowledge and Self-Efficacy within a Baccalaureate Nursing Program: Phase 2b

Nursing Research on the Green

2015 Abstract

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.

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