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Pediatric procedural sedation education needs identified through questionnaire

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THURSDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- A learning needs assessment (LNA), which evaluates the knowledge of registered nurses (RNs) on procedural sedation for pediatric patients, is able to help identify knowledge deficits and differential needs, and can be a useful tool for providing continuing education, according to a study published in the December issue of the AORN Journal.

Anne D. Jest, R.N., and Andrea Tonge, R.N., from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, developed an LNA questionnaire for identifying knowledge deficits among RNs regarding procedural sedation for pediatric patients. Of the 55 RNs surveyed from the surgical planning (SPL) and radiology departments, 33 completed the questionnaires (response rate, 60 percent). Of these 33 RNs, 16 and 14 had a bachelor of science (BSN) and an associate of science (ASN) degree in nursing, respectively, and three had diplomas. Their practice experience ranged from six to 24 years. All ASN nurses worked in the radiology department.

The investigators found the highest rating of significant procedural sedation knowledge in four nurses with BSNs, 12 with ASNs, and two with diplomas. A significant knowledge of electrocardiograph rhythms was seen in six nurses with BSNs, 12 with ASNs, and two nurses with diplomas. Of the radiology RNs, the majority rated themselves as having significant knowledge in all areas, except medications and oxygen delivery devices. Of the RNs in SPL, the majority rated themselves as having some knowledge in most areas.

"An LNA has been shown to be an effective method for the development of continuing education offerings, and is a valuable tool for the nurse educator," the authors write.

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