To determine lead poisoning knowledge and practices of Ohio's advanced practice nurses (APNs).
Original research conducted by mailed survey sent to all APNs registered in Ohio (N= 1448). The response rate was 72%. APNs from nine specialties and 70% of counties responded.
Respondents correctly answered approximately 80% of the questions. Knowledge gaps in primary prevention strategies were noted. Of APNs serving pregnant women and/or children <6 years, 57% screen for lead poisoning and 16% report no one provides lead education.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE
Lead poisoning is a preventable health problem. Education of APN students and preceptors needed in the areas of primary lead poisoning prevention issues and practice protocols. Results from this study can help focus educational efforts and outreach programs.
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