Effect of Continuing Nursing Education on Nurses' Attitude Toward and Accuracy of Nursing Diagnosis
Article first published online: 23 APR 2013
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International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 122–128, October 2013
How to Cite
Collins, A. (2013), Effect of Continuing Nursing Education on Nurses' Attitude Toward and Accuracy of Nursing Diagnosis. Int Jnl Nurs Knowledge, 24: 122–128. doi: 10.1111/j.2047-3095.2013.01237.x
- Issue published online: 7 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2013
- NANDA Foundation Grant Award
- Accuracy of diagnosis;
- attitude to nursing diagnosis;
- critical thinking
To test the effectiveness of a 12-hr educational course on nursing diagnosis, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning.
This two-group, quasi-experimental study was conducted with 100 practicing nurses, 50 in each group. Attitude was measured by the Positions on Nursing Diagnosis scale. Accuracy of nursing diagnosis was measured with three valid and reliable case studies, and the Lunney scoring method.
After completion, there was a significant difference in the mean attitude between control and experimental groups, and in the accuracy of nursing diagnosis.
Continuing education can improve clinical reasoning, as shown by improved attitudes toward and accuracy of nursing diagnosis.
Nurse educators should create educational strategies for practicing nurses to improve clinical reasoning skills.