Making the transition: A critical care skills program to support newly hired nurses Journal Article


Authors: Short, K.; Freedman, K.; Matays, J.; Rosamilia, M.; Wade, K.
Article Title: Making the transition: A critical care skills program to support newly hired nurses
Abstract: Purpose: This article describes the impact of a hands-on critical care skills day led by clinical nurse specialist (CNS) to enhance junior nurses' clinical skills. Program objectives included providing specialized skills training to meet the needs of high-acuity patient population and reviewing nurse-sensitive indicator-associated care bundles with the goal of increasing compliance. Description of the Project: An 8-hour program of lecture and hands-on skills was developed. Curriculum included nursing-sensitive indicators, sepsis management, complex tubes and drains, airway management, and emergency response. Clinical nurse specialists mentored senior nurses to colead program planning and execution. The program has been offered 9 times. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected on attendees. Outcome: Quantitative data analysis showed that 89% of the assessed components were affected by the program. Medium effect was noted in defibrillator skills, retrieving items from code care, care of suicidal patient, and sepsis screening. Qualitative data based on attendee survey are also presented and analyzed. Decreases in indwelling catheter utilization on select units are discussed. Conclusion: The CNS has the responsibility to ensure nursing practice is reflective of hospital policy and current evidence. This program demonstrates the impact of CNSs in staff education, mentorship, and competency assessment. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: organization and management; psychology; intensive care; education; curriculum; clinical competence; inservice training; nursing staff, hospital; outcomes; in service training; critical care; nursing staff; nursing evaluation research; nurse clinicians; humans; human; statistics and numerical data; clinical nurse specialist; competency; new nurse; novice nurse; skills training program
Journal Title: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
ISSN: 0887-6274
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins  
Date Published: 2019-05-01
Start Page: 123
End Page: 127
Language: English
DOI: 10.1097/nur.0000000000000444
PUBMED: 30946109
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 May 2019 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Kathleen Mary Short
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  2. Jennie Eleanor Matays
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  3. Kara M Wade
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