Does Completing a Post Graduate Advanced Clinical Assessment Paper Influence Nursing Practice: An Exploratory Study?

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621687
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Title:
Does Completing a Post Graduate Advanced Clinical Assessment Paper Influence Nursing Practice: An Exploratory Study?
Author(s):
Somerville, Deborah J.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Deborah J. Somerville, MNurs, RN, Professional Experience: I graduated as a registered nurse in 1991. I have worked clinically as an emergency nurse since 1993. The last ten years my primary career has been lecturing post graduate nurses at the University of Auckland, with a part-time role in the emergency department as a staff nurse. Author Summary: I am a post graduate nursing lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. My primary focus is teaching advanced assessment and emergency care. I retain a staff nurse position at San Francisco General Hospital in the Emergency Department where i take the long commute three times a year.
Abstract:

The purpose of this research was to explore the influence a post graduate advanced assessment and clinical reasoning nursing paper may have on a registered nurses clinical practice. The post graduate paper, 773, has been available to registered nurses doing post graduate studies at the University of Auckland for over fifteen years. In this time, over 3000 nurses have completed this paper as part of their post graduate studies. It is often the first or second paper that a registered nurse completes as 50% of a post graduate certificate and is a compulsory paper for a clinical nursing masters or nurse practitioner pathway. The paper has a strong focus on clinical examination and diagnostic reasoning and students are required to perform a clinical examination as part of the assessment process. In addition they are required to complete an exam which assesses their knowledge and clinical application on a variety of blood tests and ECG interpretation. Therefore to successfully pass the paper all students must be at a certain level in their ability to perform a clinical examination and interpret diagnostic tests. What is unknown from the paper however, is whether students are able to take the clinical skills and the diagnostic reasoning knowledge and apply them to their area of clinical practice. The aim of this study was to explore whether advancing a nurses clinical examination skill and knowledge actually transitions into clinical practice 3 months after completion of the course.

The first part of the research included a questionnaire given to students at the beginning of the nursing paper and the same questionnaire repeated at the end of the paper. A total of 61 nurses completed the first questionnaire on day one of the course and 51 nurses completed the repeated version four months later at the completion of the course. The questionnaire used a combination of Likert scales and descriptive phrases to identify where nurses rated their clinical examination skills, including interpretation of ECGs and blood results. This part of the study has been entered into a data base and will be analysed using a comparative approach to the two questionnaires.

The second part of the research involved 13 nurses in two focus groups. The participants were recruited three months after completing the advanced assessment and clinical reasoning paper and the criteria was that they must be working within a clinical nursing role. The focus group facilitator directed the communication around clinical practice following completion of the paper. Specific emphasis included the everyday practice of clinical assessment, identification of the deteriorating patient and overall confidence in clinical assessment, including interpretation of blood results and ECG. This part of the study is currently being analysed using a thematic analysis approach. An early indication from the analysis is the paper develops a nurse’s confidence to perform clinical examination on a greater number of patients and to intervene earlier with appropriate care.

Keywords:
Clinical Competence; Clinical Confidence; Systematic in Approach
Repository Posting Date:
6-Jul-2017
Date of Publication:
6-Jul-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17PST48
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleDoes Completing a Post Graduate Advanced Clinical Assessment Paper Influence Nursing Practice: An Exploratory Study?en_US
dc.contributor.authorSomerville, Deborah J.en
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsDeborah J. Somerville, MNurs, RN, Professional Experience: I graduated as a registered nurse in 1991. I have worked clinically as an emergency nurse since 1993. The last ten years my primary career has been lecturing post graduate nurses at the University of Auckland, with a part-time role in the emergency department as a staff nurse. Author Summary: I am a post graduate nursing lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. My primary focus is teaching advanced assessment and emergency care. I retain a staff nurse position at San Francisco General Hospital in the Emergency Department where i take the long commute three times a year.en
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dc.description.abstract<p><span>The purpose of this research was to explore the influence a post graduate advanced assessment and clinical reasoning nursing paper may have on a registered nurses clinical practice. The post graduate paper, 773, has been available to registered nurses doing post graduate studies at the University of Auckland for over fifteen years. In this time, over 3000 nurses have completed this paper as part of their post graduate studies. It is often the first or second paper that a registered nurse completes as 50% of a post graduate certificate and is a compulsory paper for a clinical nursing masters or nurse practitioner pathway. The paper has a strong focus on clinical examination and diagnostic reasoning and students are required to perform a clinical examination as part of the assessment process. In addition they are required to complete an exam which assesses their knowledge and clinical application on a variety of blood tests and ECG interpretation. Therefore to successfully pass the paper all students must be at a certain level in their ability to perform a clinical examination and interpret diagnostic tests. What is unknown from the paper however, is whether students are able to take the clinical skills and the diagnostic reasoning knowledge and apply them to their area of clinical practice. The aim of this study was to explore whether advancing a nurses clinical examination skill and knowledge actually transitions into clinical practice 3 months after completion of the course.</span></p> <p>The first part of the research included a questionnaire given to students at the beginning of the nursing paper and the same questionnaire repeated at the end of the paper. A total of 61 nurses completed the first questionnaire on day one of the course and 51 nurses completed the repeated version four months later at the completion of the course. The questionnaire used a combination of Likert scales and descriptive phrases to identify where nurses rated their clinical examination skills, including interpretation of ECGs and blood results. This part of the study has been entered into a data base and will be analysed using a comparative approach to the two questionnaires.</p> <p>The second part of the research involved 13 nurses in two focus groups. The participants were recruited three months after completing the advanced assessment and clinical reasoning paper and the criteria was that they must be working within a clinical nursing role. The focus group facilitator directed the communication around clinical practice following completion of the paper. Specific emphasis included the everyday practice of clinical assessment, identification of the deteriorating patient and overall confidence in clinical assessment, including interpretation of blood results and ECG. This part of the study is currently being analysed using a thematic analysis approach. An early indication from the analysis is the paper develops a nurse’s confidence to perform clinical examination on a greater number of patients and to intervene earlier with appropriate care.</p>en
dc.subjectClinical Competenceen
dc.subjectClinical Confidenceen
dc.subjectSystematic in Approachen
dc.date.available2017-07-06T16:14:24Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-06-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-06T16:14:24Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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