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Dedicated Education Unit Improving Critical Thinking and Anxiety

A Longitudinal Study

Vnenchak, Kathleen MSN, RN, CNML; Sperling, Marnie Lynn MSN, RN, APN-C, DMD; Kelley, Kathleen DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN; Petersen, Brenda PhD, MSN, RN, APN-C, CPNP-PC; Silverstein, Wendy DNP, RN, CNML; Petzoldt, Olivia BSN, RN-BC; Cooper, Lise DMH, MSN, RN-BC; Kowalski, Mildred Ortu PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCRP

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: November/December 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 317–323
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000586
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Seventeen senior bachelor of science in nursing students participated in a dedication education unit. The longitudinal study findings were statistically significant (p < .05) in all areas of measure: Health Education System Inc, critical thinking scores, decreased anxiety, self-efficacy, self-confidence in clinical decision-making, and confidence. Findings from this study were translated into the clinical institution's onboarding process, the Practice Transition Program, which was restructured and accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2019.

Kathleen Vnenchak, MSN, RN, CNML, is Nurse Educator, Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey.

Marnie Lynn Sperling, MSN, RN, APN-C, DMD, is Faculty, Caldwell University, New Jersey.

Kathleen Kelley, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNRN, is Faculty, Caldwell University, New Jersey.

Brenda Petersen, PhD, MSN, RN, APN-C, CPNP-PC, is Faculty, Caldwell University, New Jersey.

Wendy Silverstein, DNP, RN, CNML, is Nurse Manager, Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey.

Olivia Petzoldt, BSN, RN-BC, is Assistant Nurse Manager, Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey.

Lise Cooper, DMH, MSN, RN-BC, is Assistant Nurse Manager, Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey.

Mildred Ortu Kowalski, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCRP, is Nurse Researcher, Morristown Medical Center, New Jersey.

Sources of support: BD Health Grant and Wayne Johnson Family Trust Foundation.

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

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Kathleen Vnenchak, 100 Madison Ave., Internal Mailstop 163, Nursing Education Department, Morristown, NJ 07960 (e-mail: Kathleen.vnenchak@atlantichealth.org).

Online date: October 25, 2019

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