Early Integration of Basic Arrhythmia Content in Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304102
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Early Integration of Basic Arrhythmia Content in Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum
Author(s):
Harvey, Margaret B.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Omicron Phi
Author Details:
Margaret B. Harvey, PhD, ACNP-BC, RN, carrie.harvey@belmont.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on:Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Purpose:  The purpose of this study was to determine if introducing basic arrhythmia content earlier in nursing curriculum improved student’s ability to identify normal and abnormal heart rhythms. Competency in identifying basic arrhythmias is essential as changes in patient’s heart rhythms are often early indicators of decreasing physical stability. Advances in technology have led to more hospitals employing telemetry and patients hospitalized now tend to present with more acute conditions.  Students are introduced to basic arrhythmias during the last semester of their senior year, yet they often care for hospitalized patients who are on telemetry earlier in their program of study. Thus, a need was identified to introduce basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum. Methods: A descriptive, correlation study design was used to determine if students who received basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum (Adult Health I N = 76) would rank higher in their ability to identify basic arrhythmias than those who did not (Adult Health II N = 32). At the completion of each respective course, students completed a self-reported, five item questionnaire ranking their ability to identify basic arrhythmias. Results: Mann-Whitney U indicated those who received basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum ranked their ability to identify basic arrhythmias higher (p<0.000) than those who did not. Descriptive analysis revealed that while 82 % of the total students had patients on telemetry during Adult Health 1 clinical, only 39% attempted to interpret these rhythms as students reported they had no previous knowledge of this content. 89% of the students (Adult Health II, N=38) felt they would have benefited from receiving basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum.Conclusion: Early integration of basic arrhythmia content in nursing curriculum improves student’s ability to identify abnormal heart rhythms which ultimately translates to improved patient safety and quality of care.
Keywords:
curriculum; dysrhythmias; nursing
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEarly Integration of Basic Arrhythmia Content in Undergraduate Nursing Curriculumen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHarvey, Margaret B.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentOmicron Phien_GB
dc.author.detailsMargaret B. Harvey, PhD, ACNP-BC, RN, carrie.harvey@belmont.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304102-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on:Tuesday, July 23, 2013</p><strong><b>Purpose: </b></strong> The purpose of this study was to determine if introducing basic arrhythmia content earlier in nursing curriculum improved student’s ability to identify normal and abnormal heart rhythms. Competency in identifying basic arrhythmias is essential as changes in patient’s heart rhythms are often early indicators of decreasing physical stability. Advances in technology have led to more hospitals employing telemetry and patients hospitalized now tend to present with more acute conditions.  Students are introduced to basic arrhythmias during the last semester of their senior year, yet they often care for hospitalized patients who are on telemetry earlier in their program of study. Thus, a need was identified to introduce basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum. <strong><b>Methods</strong>: </b>A descriptive, correlation study design was used to determine if students who received basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum (Adult Health I N = 76) would rank higher in their ability to identify basic arrhythmias than those who did not (Adult Health II N = 32). At the completion of each respective course, students completed a self-reported, five item questionnaire ranking their ability to identify basic arrhythmias. <strong><b>Results</strong>: </b>Mann-Whitney U indicated those who received basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum ranked their ability to identify basic arrhythmias higher (p<0.000) than those who did not. Descriptive analysis revealed that while 82 % of the total students had patients on telemetry during Adult Health 1 clinical, only 39% attempted to interpret these rhythms as students reported <i>they had no previous knowledge of this content</i>. 89% of the students (Adult Health II, N=38) felt they would have benefited from receiving basic arrhythmia content earlier in the curriculum.<strong><b>Conclusion</strong>: </b>Early integration of basic arrhythmia content in nursing curriculum improves student’s ability to identify abnormal heart rhythms which ultimately translates to improved patient safety and quality of care.en_GB
dc.subjectcurriculumen_GB
dc.subjectdysrhythmiasen_GB
dc.subjectnursingen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:29:09Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:29:09Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
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