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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157081
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Paving the Way to Staffing Success: Developing a PACU Internship Program
Author(s):
Carrion, Beth Pam; Shalaway, Carol
Author Details:
Beth Pam Carrion, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, email: beth_p.carrion@lvh.com; Carol Shalaway
Abstract:
PURPOSE: In preparation for future perioperative expansion, a plan was developed to address the projected staffing needs of a post anesthesia care unit (PACU) in a Magnet designated level one trauma center. A comprehensive internship program was developed utilizing an existing critical care course. This program was tailored to meet specific needs of the PACU. Historically, only nurses with a minimum of two years of critical care experience were considered for PACU staff positions. Description: Existing PACU nurses demonstrating clinical proficiency and a willingness to teach are educated as preceptors and mentors. Preceptor preparation and facilitator courses are provided for preceptors to fine tune teaching and communication skills. Graduate and medical surgical nurses are interviewed and selected based on drive and initiative for success. Combining Essential of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program with a 24 week clinical experience, learners are given the opportunity to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical skills. Hands on workshops augment each ECCO module. Clinical experiences in specialized high acuity areas such as the open heart unit and neuroscience intensive care unit are provided. In a collaborative effort, the patient care specialist, preceptors, respiratory therapists, and nurse educators ensure interns receive academic and clinical training. Student progress is monitored utilizing written examination, clinical observation, and weekly progress meetings. Assessment of clinical development is accomplished utilizing a Baseline Knowledge Assessment Test (BKAT) at the start and completion of the internship. BKAT scores improved at least 20% from the initial examination Evaluation/Outcomes: Clinical development and professional growth occurred with all interns. Each intern has achieved successful completion of the program and retention rates are100%. A required minimal passing score for each ECCO module of 80% is achieved. BKAT scores improved from an average pre-course score of 66% to an average post course score of 86%. Each intern completes a post internship evaluation and offers valuable feedback to their experiences during the program. PACU staff has been empowered by their contributions to succession planning and future of their nursing specialty.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
26-Oct-2011
Citation:
2009 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3), e1-e17.
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition
Conference Host:
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Conference Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePaving the Way to Staffing Success: Developing a PACU Internship Programen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCarrion, Beth Pamen_GB
dc.contributor.authorShalaway, Carolen_GB
dc.author.detailsBeth Pam Carrion, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, email: beth_p.carrion@lvh.com; Carol Shalawayen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157081-
dc.description.abstractPURPOSE: In preparation for future perioperative expansion, a plan was developed to address the projected staffing needs of a post anesthesia care unit (PACU) in a Magnet designated level one trauma center. A comprehensive internship program was developed utilizing an existing critical care course. This program was tailored to meet specific needs of the PACU. Historically, only nurses with a minimum of two years of critical care experience were considered for PACU staff positions. Description: Existing PACU nurses demonstrating clinical proficiency and a willingness to teach are educated as preceptors and mentors. Preceptor preparation and facilitator courses are provided for preceptors to fine tune teaching and communication skills. Graduate and medical surgical nurses are interviewed and selected based on drive and initiative for success. Combining Essential of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) program with a 24 week clinical experience, learners are given the opportunity to integrate didactic knowledge with clinical skills. Hands on workshops augment each ECCO module. Clinical experiences in specialized high acuity areas such as the open heart unit and neuroscience intensive care unit are provided. In a collaborative effort, the patient care specialist, preceptors, respiratory therapists, and nurse educators ensure interns receive academic and clinical training. Student progress is monitored utilizing written examination, clinical observation, and weekly progress meetings. Assessment of clinical development is accomplished utilizing a Baseline Knowledge Assessment Test (BKAT) at the start and completion of the internship. BKAT scores improved at least 20% from the initial examination Evaluation/Outcomes: Clinical development and professional growth occurred with all interns. Each intern has achieved successful completion of the program and retention rates are100%. A required minimal passing score for each ECCO module of 80% is achieved. BKAT scores improved from an average pre-course score of 66% to an average post course score of 86%. Each intern completes a post internship evaluation and offers valuable feedback to their experiences during the program. PACU staff has been empowered by their contributions to succession planning and future of their nursing specialty.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:24:16Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-26en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:24:16Z-
dc.identifier.citation2009 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3), e1-e17.en_GB
dc.conference.date2009en_GB
dc.conference.nameNational Teaching Institute and Critical Care Expositionen_GB
dc.conference.hostAmerican Association of Critical-Care Nursesen_GB
dc.conference.locationNew Orleans, Louisiana, USAen_GB
dc.identifier.citation2009 National Teaching Institute Research Abstracts. American Journal of Critical Care, 18(3), e1-e17.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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