Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nurses lack skills to teach: Increasing undergraduate nursing skills related to patient education
by Hartman, Elizabeth, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 100; 3611783
Abstract (Summary)

Health literacy has been identified as a significant factor in health care disparity and access to health care, and must be addressed in health care reform. Although patient education has long been considered an independent role of nursing, nurses often lack the knowledge and skills needed to be effective educators. Nursing as a profession is poised to assume a leadership role in health care reform and in promoting the national goals of health promotion and disease prevention of Healthy People 2020. The purpose of this quasi-experimental quantitative study is to determine if a formal course of education and learning theory in undergraduate pre-licensure nursing programs increases knowledge of health literacy and self-efficacy related to patient teaching. A sample size of 322 senior level undergraduate nursing students from a multi-campus private undergraduate baccalaureate school of nursing were surveyed to assess their knowledge of health literacy and their self-efficacy related to patient education. A 38-item multiple choice questionnaire with a Likert-type scale was utilized to measure the health literacy knowledge and experiences of participants, and a multi-item Likert-type scale measures nursing process steps of self-efficacy related to patient education. In this study, the experimental group had completed a formal course of educational and learning theory, while the control group had not. The experimental group demonstrated more knowledge about health literacy, however, the difference was not statistically significant. They did, however, demonstrate statistically significantly more self-efficacy related to patient health education activities in some areas compared to the control group, but not in all areas of the teaching and learning process. Recommendations for further studies are to conduct the study earlier in the nursing program, before the students complete multiple clinical courses, which require patient education activities, and to expand the study to multiple nursing programs in the region teaching a formal course in education and learning theory for patient education to see if results are consistent regionally.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Halvorson, Jerome
Commitee: Lincoln, Barbara, Payne, Camille
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Health literacy, Nursing, Patient education, Undergraduate nursing education
Publication Number: 3611783
ISBN: 978-1-303-72785-6
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