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Traditional Classroom Education Versus Computer-Based Learning: How Nurses Learn About Pressure Ulcers

Esche, Carol Ann DNP, MA, RN, NE-BC; Warren, Joan I. PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC; Woods, Anne B. PhD, MPH, RN; Jesada, Elizabeth C. CRNP, CWON; Iliuta, Ruth CNS B-C, CWOCN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January/February 2015 - Volume 31 - Issue 1 - p 21–27
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000132
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The goal of the Nurse Professional Development specialist is to utilize the most effective educational strategies when educating staff nurses about pressure ulcer prevention. More information is needed about the effect of computer-based learning and traditional classroom learning on pressure ulcer education for the staff nurse. This study compares computer-based learning and traditional classroom learning on immediate and long-term knowledge while evaluating the impact of education on pressure ulcer risk assessment, staging, and documentation.

Carol Ann Esche, DNP, MA, RN, NE-BC, is CNS in EBP and Research, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

Joan I. Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, is Director of Nursing Research and Magnet, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.

Anne B. Woods, PhD, MPH, RN, is Associate Professor, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth C. Jesada, CRNP, CWON, is recently retired.

Ruth Iliuta, CNS B-C, CWOCN, is Wound Care Nurse, Perry Point VA Maryland Health Care System, Perry Point, Maryland.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Carol Ann Esche, DNP, MA, RN, NE-BC, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, 9000 Franklin Square Drive, Baltimore, MD 21237 (e-mail: Carol.esche@medstar.net).

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