The purpose of this study was to investigate nurses' knowledge of sustained anxiety levels and potential detrimental outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Several studies have indicated the importance of assessing patients' anxiety levels, but none has been designed to determine whether nurses are aware of how to assess anxiety.
A voluntary sample of 63 nurses who had experience in caring for AMI patients was recruited during a 4-week period. A pretest was given, followed by an evidence-based keynote presentation, and then a posttest was administered.
Nurses voluntarily participating in this study were well aware of the negative impact that anxiety has on patients with AMI. There were significant gaps between how nurses primarily assessed the anxiety level of their AMI patients. These results indicated a need for this study and the fact that these nurses needed some type of education regarding how to assess anxiety properly.
|Advisor:||Stein, Jeanne Venhaus|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
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