A Survey of the Extent to Which Nephrology Nurses Assess ESRD Patient’s Level of Functional Status

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150389
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Presentation
Title:
A Survey of the Extent to Which Nephrology Nurses Assess ESRD Patient’s Level of Functional Status
Abstract:
A Survey of the Extent to Which Nephrology Nurses Assess ESRD Patient’s Level of Functional Status
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Denno, Mary
Objective: Suboptimal levels of functioning in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients support the important need for nurses in nephrology settings to perform routine assessment of their patients’ functional status (FS). The purpose of this study was to describe the extent to which nephrology nurses assess FS in ESRD patients. Design: A descriptive survey design was used. Sample: A survey questionnaire was mailed to 500 nurses randomly selected from the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association membership list. The final sample consisted of 193 nephrology nurses, representing a 38% response rate. Measures/Instrument: A Functional Status Assessment Survey questionnaire was used. Descriptive statistics were used to describe survey responses. Findings: Fifty-four percent of respondents assessed FS in their work settings. Of these, only 39% reported the use of a standard instrument for FS assessment. The frequency of FS assessment varied from only an initial assessment to as frequently as monthly assessments Nurses performed fifty-seven percent of FS assessments, and nurses were most responsible for analyzing FS data. Most respondents used FS data for planning patient care, and 30% of respondents reported ongoing difficulties with obtaining FS data from their patients. Conclusion: Only half of the survey respondents reported some level of assessment of functional status in ESRD patients, and the frequency of FS assessment by these nurses varied widely. Only 39% of respondents reported the use of standard FS instruments, and nurses were most responsible for the assessment and analysis of FS data in nephrology work settings. Implications: The survey findings indicate a need for nephrology nurse education regarding the importance of ongoing FS assessment of ESRD patients’ level of functional status. Moreover, the survey findings also indicate a need for nephrology nurses to gain a better understanding of the use of valid and reliable FS instruments in clinical practice.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Survey of the Extent to Which Nephrology Nurses Assess ESRD Patient’s Level of Functional Statusen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150389-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Survey of the Extent to Which Nephrology Nurses Assess ESRD Patient&rsquo;s Level of Functional Status</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Denno, Mary</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: Suboptimal levels of functioning in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients support the important need for nurses in nephrology settings to perform routine assessment of their patients&rsquo; functional status (FS). The purpose of this study was to describe the extent to which nephrology nurses assess FS in ESRD patients. Design: A descriptive survey design was used. Sample: A survey questionnaire was mailed to 500 nurses randomly selected from the American Nephrology Nurses&rsquo; Association membership list. The final sample consisted of 193 nephrology nurses, representing a 38% response rate. Measures/Instrument: A Functional Status Assessment Survey questionnaire was used. Descriptive statistics were used to describe survey responses. Findings: Fifty-four percent of respondents assessed FS in their work settings. Of these, only 39% reported the use of a standard instrument for FS assessment. The frequency of FS assessment varied from only an initial assessment to as frequently as monthly assessments Nurses performed fifty-seven percent of FS assessments, and nurses were most responsible for analyzing FS data. Most respondents used FS data for planning patient care, and 30% of respondents reported ongoing difficulties with obtaining FS data from their patients. Conclusion: Only half of the survey respondents reported some level of assessment of functional status in ESRD patients, and the frequency of FS assessment by these nurses varied widely. Only 39% of respondents reported the use of standard FS instruments, and nurses were most responsible for the assessment and analysis of FS data in nephrology work settings. Implications: The survey findings indicate a need for nephrology nurse education regarding the importance of ongoing FS assessment of ESRD patients&rsquo; level of functional status. Moreover, the survey findings also indicate a need for nephrology nurses to gain a better understanding of the use of valid and reliable FS instruments in clinical practice.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:23:19Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:23:19Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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