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Effect of a Medical-Surgical Practice and Certification Review Course on Clinical Nursing Practice

Sayre, Cindy MN, ARNP; Wyant, Sheri MSN, RN, OCN; Karvonen, Colleen MN, RN, CMSRN, CWON

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181cc2d50
Article
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the effects of participation in a medical-surgical certification and practice review course on the participants' clinical nursing practice. A descriptive survey was mailed to 119 nurses 4 months after the completion of the 2005 course. The majority responding agreed that participation in the course had a positive effect on their self-confidence, competence, leadership, and initiative. The written clinical examples demonstrated the efficacy of the course in the domains of knowledge acquisition and validation, enhancement of confidence, and the ability to contribute to collegial discussions. These results demonstrate successful achievement of the ultimate goal of staff education: to see nurses translate newly acquired knowledge into practice.

In Brief

The authors describe the effects of participation in a certification review course as increased self-confidence, competence, leadership, and initiative.

Author Information

Cindy Sayre, MN, ARNP, is Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Patient Care Services, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington and currently Director of Professional Practice and Patient and Family Centered Care, University of Washington Medical Center.

Sheri Wyant, MSN, RN, OCN, is Pain Management Clinical Nurse Specialist, Patient Care Services, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.

Colleen Karvonen, MN, RN, CMSRN, CWON, is Wound Ostomy Clinical Nurse Specialist, Patient Care Services, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.

This research was made possible by Grant D11HP03123-01-00, "Expanded Practice in Medical-surgical Nursing," Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Cindy Sayre, MN, ARNP, Patient Care Services, University of Washington Medical Center, 1959 NE Pacific Ave, Seattle, WA 98195 (e-mail: casayre@u.washington.edu).

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