Administration of insulin has become increasingly complex in recent years with the development of many different formulations of insulin. A nurses’ knowledge deficit regarding insulin can contribute to insulin errors and negative patient outcomes. This research was a quasi-experimental pre-test and post-test quantitative study. The sample size was 65 nurses. The Transtheoretical Model of Change served as the framework for this study. Medical/surgical nurses on multiple acute care units, one transitional care unit, and two intensive care units, in a large Midwestern healthcare organization were given a pre-test to assess for insulin knowledge deficits. Nurses completed a computer-based educational intervention on specifically identified deficits in knowledge of insulin administration. A post-test assessed the impact of the educational intervention on the nurses’ knowledge of insulin. Development of the test and computer-based intervention were based on recommendations from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American Diabetes Association. Of the 65 nurses completing the pre-test, 54 were lost to attrition. This pilot study (n=9) demonstrated that a computer-based educational intervention could have a statistically significant impact on nurses’ knowledge of insulin. A computer-based educational intervention has the potential to improve nurses’ knowledge of insulin.
|School:||Northern Kentucky University|
|School Location:||United States -- Kentucky|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education|
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