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Caring For Patients With Congenital Heart Disease – A Nationwide Survey Of Nurses' Educational Needs

Lotto, RR, Seaton, S and Griffiths, L Caring For Patients With Congenital Heart Disease – A Nationwide Survey Of Nurses' Educational Needs. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. ISSN 1749-6403 (Accepted)

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Background Around 1 in 130 babies are born with some form of congenital heart defect (CHD). Advances in treatment have resulted in increasing numbers surviving with complex disease. Currently, around 90% survive into adult life. In order for these patients to receive a high standard of care throughout their lifespan, it is imperative that nurses are educated appropriately. Aims To explore the educational needs of nurses who may encounter this group of patients. Methods A national online survey was undertaken between 4/06/2020 and 06/07/2020. Results A total of 513 survey responses were received from nurses and AHPs. Band 5 nurses reported a higher level of anxiety about caring for patients with CHD (17.9% v 12.5% in the whole population). In the previous two years, nearly a third of the band 5 staff had received no training. Of these nurses the majority were based in non-CHD settings. High levels of both band 5 nurses and all staff working in non-CHD centres identified managing emergencies, caring for a patient with CHD and a simple understanding of CHD as priority topics. Band 5 nurses who had received any recent education were most likely to have attended a local study day or undertaken some form of self-directed study. For the future, taught local study days were rated most desirable. Conclusion Whilst education within specialist centres appears to be developed and well-embedded, junior nurses (band 5) and particularly those working in non-cardiac units, appear to be being left behind. Easy access information pertaining to emergency care, alongside simple descriptions of care requirements would benefit those nurses who rarely encounter CHD patients. Consideration to including fundamentals of care within the nursing curriculum would potentially provide a base from which nurses can develop. Preferences for accredited study sessions support the need for further development of post-graduate education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1102 Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology, 1110 Nursing, 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0440 Study and Teaching. Research
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: MA Healthcare
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 11:47
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2022 11:47
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15989

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