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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162850
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Efficient and Effective ACLS Recertification: A Computer Based Strategy
Abstract:
Efficient and Effective ACLS Recertification: A Computer Based Strategy
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2003
Author:Hudon, Paula, RN, CEN
P.I. Institution Name:Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchock Keene
Title:Paula Hudon, RN, BS, CEN
Contact Address:580 Court Street, Keene, NH, 03431, USA
Contact Telephone:(603) 354-5454
Co-Authors:Ronda Berntsen, RT( R ) (CT), BS
Purpose: Considerable allocation and management of staff and replacement staff resources, specialized equipment, materials, and space are required to provide traditional methods (classroom-based) of continuing education, mandatory training, and competencies. Managing the human resources is increasingly difficult for nursing leadership. The aim of this improvement project was to evaluate a method that cost effectively teaches the knowledge and skills required for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, while meeting scheduling and time demands. ACLS is a mandatory competency in all critical care areas of our hospital. Design: A pilot study explored computer-based learning as an alternative to traditional teaching strategies. The project detailed a quality improvement process (Plan-Do-Study-Act: PDSA) to evaluate a computer-based ACLS course that teaches the requirements for certification. Setting and Subjects: The project was conducted in a rural community hospital with a 177-licensed-bed, Level III trauma center. A convenience sample of six nurses (emergency room, intensive care, operating room nurses) and one physician, previously certified in ACLS by a traditional classroom-based method, volunteered to participate in the project. Methods: The subjects completed their biennial recertification requirement using an ACLS computer software program. The learning system included a computer interface for computerized evaluation of the advanced airway manikin skills. Prospective and retrospective data were collected to compare cost effectiveness and satisfaction of the computer-based method with the traditional classroom-based course. The following data were collected: 1) Number of annual recertifications and conference rooms used; 2) Human resource hours for participants, instructors, support staff, replacement staff, and course director; and 3) Evaluation of course objectives, teaching strategies, and completion rate.
Results: Results from the pilot study supported the computer-based method. All subjects demonstrated competence, agreed the course objectives were met, and evaluated the computer-based method as an effective tool for learning. The cost-benefits identified with the computer-based method were 56% less total human resource hours, 45% less budgeted training hours, and 45% less budgeted replacement staff, reducing planned overtime. Recommendations: Computer-based learning for ACLS is an excellent alternative learning method as it provides flexibility, increased accessibility, independent competency assessment, and financial benefits. [Poster Presentation]
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEfficient and Effective ACLS Recertification: A Computer Based Strategyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162850-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Efficient and Effective ACLS Recertification: A Computer Based Strategy</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hudon, Paula, RN, CEN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchock Keene</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Paula Hudon, RN, BS, CEN</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">580 Court Street, Keene, NH, 03431, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(603) 354-5454</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">phudon@cheshire-med.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Ronda Berntsen, RT( R ) (CT), BS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: Considerable allocation and management of staff and replacement staff resources, specialized equipment, materials, and space are required to provide traditional methods (classroom-based) of continuing education, mandatory training, and competencies. Managing the human resources is increasingly difficult for nursing leadership. The aim of this improvement project was to evaluate a method that cost effectively teaches the knowledge and skills required for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, while meeting scheduling and time demands. ACLS is a mandatory competency in all critical care areas of our hospital. Design: A pilot study explored computer-based learning as an alternative to traditional teaching strategies. The project detailed a quality improvement process (Plan-Do-Study-Act: PDSA) to evaluate a computer-based ACLS course that teaches the requirements for certification. Setting and Subjects: The project was conducted in a rural community hospital with a 177-licensed-bed, Level III trauma center. A convenience sample of six nurses (emergency room, intensive care, operating room nurses) and one physician, previously certified in ACLS by a traditional classroom-based method, volunteered to participate in the project. Methods: The subjects completed their biennial recertification requirement using an ACLS computer software program. The learning system included a computer interface for computerized evaluation of the advanced airway manikin skills. Prospective and retrospective data were collected to compare cost effectiveness and satisfaction of the computer-based method with the traditional classroom-based course. The following data were collected: 1) Number of annual recertifications and conference rooms used; 2) Human resource hours for participants, instructors, support staff, replacement staff, and course director; and 3) Evaluation of course objectives, teaching strategies, and completion rate. <br/>Results: Results from the pilot study supported the computer-based method. All subjects demonstrated competence, agreed the course objectives were met, and evaluated the computer-based method as an effective tool for learning. The cost-benefits identified with the computer-based method were 56% less total human resource hours, 45% less budgeted training hours, and 45% less budgeted replacement staff, reducing planned overtime. Recommendations: Computer-based learning for ACLS is an excellent alternative learning method as it provides flexibility, increased accessibility, independent competency assessment, and financial benefits. [Poster Presentation]</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:35:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:35:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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