A Method to Enhance Nurses Knowledge About Falls Reduction Strategies

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308466
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Poster
Level of Evidence:
Other
Research Approach:
Translational Research/Evidence-based Practice
Title:
A Method to Enhance Nurses Knowledge About Falls Reduction Strategies
Author(s):
Kitchens, Jennifer L.; Moore, Shaunte; Johnson, Lisa
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha
Author Details:
Jennifer Kitchens, MSN,RN, ACNS-BC, CVRN, jennifer.kitchens@wishard.edu; Shaunte Moore, BSN,RN; Lisa Johnson, BSN, RN
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013

Purpose:  To increase knowledge about the hospital’s fall policy in Medical-Surgical  nurses via implementation of a falls educational intervention.  Nursing knowledge plays an important role in preventing and managing falls in acute hospitals. 

Background:  An educational needs assessment indicated a falls educational intervention was needed.  Additional supporting information included audits indicating fall risk interventions were not being implemented consistently, improperly completed fall causation reports, and other documentation issues. 

Methods:  The intervention consisted of an educational poster based on evidenced-based hospital policy and included:  fall risk assessment; high risk alert requirements; interventions; contributing medications; patient/family education; procedure post-fall.  A pre- and post-test was administered to assess knowledge.  A survey (4 point Likert Scale) was administered to further assess the falls educational intervention (1=strongly disagree; 4=strongly agree; higher scores equaling more positive response).

Findings:  Twenty-four nurses completed the pre-test and 72 completed the post-test.    For question 3:  “List four items that alert other hospital personnel that patient is a fall risk” the mean pre-test score=54% and mean post-test score=100%.  Question 4 evaluated proper fall risk scoring, and mean pre-test score=33% and mean post-test score=75%.  Seventy-one out of 72 participants approached completed the survey.  Three surveys were eliminated due to duplicate circling of answers for a total of 68 remaining.  The mean survey score was 3.28.  For survey item, “The information I received from the Falls poster will help me assess my patients for fall risk more accurately” the mean score was 3.38.         

Conclusions:  Descriptive statistical findings indicate the poster may have an impact on pre and post-test scores. Thus, there is a need for further analysis.     

 

Implications:  Further education on using the fall risk tool may be indicated.  A t-test for unequal groups, correlations, additional descriptive statistics and statistical techniques will be applied to questions to determine their relevance.    

 

Keywords:
Falls; Education Method; Medical-Surgical
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryFull-texten_GB
dc.typePosteren_GB
dc.evidence.levelOtheren
dc.research.approachTranslational Research/Evidence-based Practiceen
dc.titleA Method to Enhance Nurses Knowledge About Falls Reduction Strategiesen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKitchens, Jennifer L.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Shaunteen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Lisaen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentAlphaen_GB
dc.author.detailsJennifer Kitchens, MSN,RN, ACNS-BC, CVRN, jennifer.kitchens@wishard.edu; Shaunte Moore, BSN,RN; Lisa Johnson, BSN, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308466en
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Monday, November 18, 2013</p><b>Purpose:  </b>To increase knowledge about the hospital’s fall policy in Medical-Surgical  nurses via implementation of a falls educational intervention.  Nursing knowledge plays an important role in preventing and managing falls in acute hospitals.  <p><b>Background:</b>  An educational needs assessment indicated a falls educational intervention was needed.  Additional supporting information included audits indicating fall risk interventions were not being implemented consistently, improperly completed fall causation reports, and other documentation issues.  <p><b>Methods:  </b>The intervention consisted of an educational poster based on evidenced-based hospital policy and included:  fall risk assessment; high risk alert requirements; interventions; contributing medications; patient/family education; procedure post-fall.  A pre- and post-test was administered to assess knowledge.  A survey (4 point Likert Scale) was administered to further assess the falls educational intervention (1=strongly disagree; 4=strongly agree; higher scores equaling more positive response). <p><b>Findings:  </b>Twenty-four nurses completed the pre-test and 72 completed<b> </b>the post-test.<b>  </b>  For question 3:  “List four items that alert other hospital personnel that patient is a fall risk” the mean pre-test score=54% and mean post-test score=100%.  Question 4 evaluated proper fall risk scoring, and mean pre-test score=33% and mean post-test score=75%.  Seventy-one out of 72 participants approached completed the survey.  Three surveys were eliminated due to duplicate circling of answers for a total of 68 remaining.  The mean survey score was 3.28.  For survey item, “The information I received from the Falls poster will help me assess my patients for fall risk more accurately” the mean score was 3.38.       <b>  </b><p><b>Conclusions:  </b>Descriptive statistical findings indicate the poster may have an impact on pre and post-test scores. Thus, there is a need for further analysis.<b> </b>  <b>  </b><p><b> </b><p><b>Implications:  </b>Further education on using the fall risk tool may be indicated.  A t-test for unequal groups, correlations, additional descriptive statistics and statistical techniques will be applied to questions to determine their relevance.     <p><b> </b>en_GB
dc.subjectFallsen_GB
dc.subjectEducation Methoden_GB
dc.subjectMedical-Surgicalen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:31:44Zen
dc.date.issued2013-12-19en
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:31:44Zen
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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