Using Evidence to Support Change in a Magnet Environment: A study of Nurse's Knowledge of Diabetes

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183072
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Using Evidence to Support Change in a Magnet Environment: A study of Nurse's Knowledge of Diabetes
Author(s):
Gerard, Sally
Author Details:
Sally Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT, email: sgerard@stamhealth.org
Abstract:
Purpose: The role of nurses in teaching about diabetes is vital and to do so, they must have accurate knowledge of a rapidly changing field. Nurses must feel confident in teaching patients with diabetes, and have an understanding of key issues. Teaching, as a component of nursing, is fundamental to the Magnet principles of professionalism and the delivery of excellent care. Studies on the topic of nursesÆ knowledge of diabetes show sub-optimal levels of knowledge. Conflicting data exists on the relationship of perceived and actual knowledge of diabetes in nurses. The purpose of this study was to examine nursesÆ knowledge of diabetes in acute care registered nurses, and describe the relationship between nursesÆ perceived and actual knowledge of diabetes. Additionally, this research investigated components of nursing continuing education and academic preparation in relation to knowledge levels.

Method: A convenience sample of 93 acute care registered nurses was obtained from a 305 bed Magnet accredited community hospital using 2 research tools. A mean score of 71% on the Diabetes Basic Knowledge Test was consistent with previous published findings of nurse's diabetes knowledge. A correlational analysis did not support a relationship between perceived and actual knowledge. Additional findings indicated 50% of the sample had no diabetes education in the previous 2 years and educational preparation did not influence knowledge levels.

Discussion: The nursing administration in this Magnet hospital evaluated the data and supported a new role of Inpatient Diabetes Educator. The position was developed with an emphasis on increasing nursing knowledge levels and empowering staff nurses to utilize accurate diabetes knowledge in patient care and teaching. A follow-up study of diabetes knowledge will be conducted to evaluate the impact of the newly developed role.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2009
Conference Name:
6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference
Conference Host:
University of South Florida College of Nursing; Magnet Hospitals of Florida; Sigma Theta Tau International; Florida Organization of Nurse Executives
Conference Location:
Kissimmee, Florida
Description:
6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference � Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 12-13 February 2009 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleUsing Evidence to Support Change in a Magnet Environment: A study of Nurse's Knowledge of Diabetesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGerard, Sallyen_US
dc.author.detailsSally Gerard, DNP, RN, CDE, CNL, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT, email: sgerard@stamhealth.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183072-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The role of nurses in teaching about diabetes is vital and to do so, they must have accurate knowledge of a rapidly changing field. Nurses must feel confident in teaching patients with diabetes, and have an understanding of key issues. Teaching, as a component of nursing, is fundamental to the Magnet principles of professionalism and the delivery of excellent care. Studies on the topic of nurses&AElig; knowledge of diabetes show sub-optimal levels of knowledge. Conflicting data exists on the relationship of perceived and actual knowledge of diabetes in nurses. The purpose of this study was to examine nurses&AElig; knowledge of diabetes in acute care registered nurses, and describe the relationship between nurses&AElig; perceived and actual knowledge of diabetes. Additionally, this research investigated components of nursing continuing education and academic preparation in relation to knowledge levels.<br/><br/>Method: A convenience sample of 93 acute care registered nurses was obtained from a 305 bed Magnet accredited community hospital using 2 research tools. A mean score of 71% on the Diabetes Basic Knowledge Test was consistent with previous published findings of nurse's diabetes knowledge. A correlational analysis did not support a relationship between perceived and actual knowledge. Additional findings indicated 50% of the sample had no diabetes education in the previous 2 years and educational preparation did not influence knowledge levels.<br/><br/>Discussion: The nursing administration in this Magnet hospital evaluated the data and supported a new role of Inpatient Diabetes Educator. The position was developed with an emphasis on increasing nursing knowledge levels and empowering staff nurses to utilize accurate diabetes knowledge in patient care and teaching. A follow-up study of diabetes knowledge will be conducted to evaluate the impact of the newly developed role.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T16:13:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T16:13:22Z-
dc.conference.date2009en_US
dc.conference.name6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostUniversity of South Florida College of Nursingen_US
dc.conference.hostMagnet Hospitals of Floridaen_US
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_US
dc.conference.hostFlorida Organization of Nurse Executivesen_US
dc.conference.locationKissimmee, Floridaen_US
dc.description6th Annual Florida Magnet Research Conference � Theme: Research at the Point of Care. Held 12-13 February 2009 at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.en_US
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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