In the United States, the current statistics for Autism is one in 59 children. This represents over a 600% increase over the past few years. As the diagnosis for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) increases, an increase in hospitalization of individuals with ASD is expected. Registered nurses (RNs) will have increased interactions with ASD individuals in the near future.
ASD individuals have very unique communication, social, behavioral, sensory, and dietary needs. These needs should be thoroughly assessed during the initial admission assessment by the RN. Assessment of the ASD individual’s unique needs will help ensure a continuum of quality care and provide for the best patient outcomes.
Many healthcare providers do not feel they have been adequately trained during medical or nursing school to understand and care for the unique needs of the ASD individual. Online educational modules are an effective way to supplement the nursing education of RNs working in the hospital setting and improve admission assessments of the individual with ASDs.
Determination of the RN’s current knowledge regarding the Autistic individual will help identify learning opportunities and success of the educational module. Demonstration of learning will help facilitate improvement in the admission assessment of ASD individuals.
|Commitee:||Wiegmann, Janice, Lannom, Tara|
|Department:||School of Nursing and Health Professions|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Admission, Assessment, Autism, Education, Nurse, Registered|
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