The Evaluation of an Older Persons’ Assessment Educational Workbook with second year nursing students in the UK: A ‘before and after’ study’

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    Background: The ability to deliver effective, competent care that holistically meets a patient’s needs is underpinned by a comprehensive assessment. As a result of changes in the clinical environment, innovative teaching and learning strategies have increased in popularity, as an alternative method of supporting nursing students to achieve clinical competencies.
    Objectives: To evaluate and explore the impact of an Older Persons’ Assessment Educational Workbook (OPAEW) on second year nursing students’ competence, opinions and their use of the workbook.
    Design: A ‘before and after’ pre-experimental design.
    Participants: A volunteer non probability sample (n=6) of second year adult nursing students participated during one hospital placement in which they completed the OPAEW.
    Methods: Before and after outcome measures were the Nursing Competencies Questionnaire (NCP) and two subscales from the Self-efficacy in Clinical Performance Scale (SECP7 and SECP28). Content analysis of workbooks and a survey (n=5) of opinions regarding the workbook were also undertaken post-intervention.
    Results: Pre and post test results were analysed using a Wilcoxin sign rank test to determine if there was a relationship between changes in the NCQ and SECP repeated measures and use of an OPAEW. Evidence of a statistical difference was found for both SECP measures (SECP28 p=0.043; SECP7 p=0.042), with no clear statistical evidence of a difference for the NCQ (p=0.08). There was a possible interaction effect, (NCQ ρ=-0.600 p=0.285; SECP28 ρ=-0.300 p=0.624; SECP7 ρ=-0.205 p=0.741), which suggested that those participants who scored the lowest scores at the start of the study, benefited most from the workbook; however, this was not statistically confirmed.
    Content analysis of the OPAEW (n=5) indicated that 3 of the 5 participants completed all components of the workbook, with a mean of 1051 words used (SD 281.8). Through the survey (n=5) students reported the workbook as a useful guide to undertaking a patient assessment.
    Conclusions: The OPAEW showed potential as an intervention to support the development of nursing students’ competence in older person assessment skills.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 02 Mar 2017
    Event36th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference 2017 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
    Duration: 01 Feb 201702 Feb 2017


    Conference36th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference 2017 Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

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