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Education methods for maintaining nursing competency in low-volume, high-risk procedures in the rural setting: bridging the theory to practice gap.

Banks CM, Gilmartin H, Fink RM. Education methods for maintaining nursing competency in low-volume, high-risk procedures in the rural setting: bridging the theory to practice gap. Journal for nurses in staff development : JNSD : official journal of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. 2010 May 1; 26(3):E1-7.

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Abstract:

Nurses practicing in the rural setting have faced a unique challenge in maintaining competency in low-volume, high-risk procedures. This study assessed the effectiveness of a focused, multifaceted educational intervention on the retention of nursing knowledge related to central venous access devices care and maintenance. A pretest-posttest intervention study design was used at a 58-bed rural healthcare facility in a Western state. This study demonstrates a statistically significant increase in functional nursing knowledge in the postintervention period.





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