Certification is a mark of excellence for healthcare organizations but many organizations struggle to improve certification rates because it is a voluntary and a self-directed behavior. One way to improve access to review materials for certification in the ICU is through innovative technology such as Quick Response (QR) codes. Quick Response codes are two-dimensional bar codes containing any alphanumeric text that when scanned direct users to websites with more information. The purpose of the project was to determine if the use of QR codes to access Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) examination review materials would result in an increase in the number of nurses obtaining CCRN certification in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The investigator provided a free six-week CCRN examination review course at two facilities within the same healthcare system in the spring of 2016. Each group had the same study materials and flyers but the access to the review materials was through different means. The experimental group accessed the review materials from a flyer with QR codes linking the user to the digital format of the study packet. The control group accessed the review materials through a printed study packet provided by the clinical educator. At the conclusion of the review, nurses in both facilities completed a brief, online anonymous survey about the delivery method. Results indicated a trend toward the QR code being a more successful method of delivery.
|School:||Indiana Wesleyan University|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Critical care nursing, Critical care registered nurse examination, Quick response codes|
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