Evaluating nurses’ knowledge, attitude and competency after an education programme on suicide prevention

Chan, Sally Wai-chi, Chien, Wai-tong and Tso, Steve (2009) Evaluating nurses’ knowledge, attitude and competency after an education programme on suicide prevention. Nurse Education Today, 29 7: 763-769. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2009.03.013


Author Chan, Sally Wai-chi
Chien, Wai-tong
Tso, Steve
Title Evaluating nurses’ knowledge, attitude and competency after an education programme on suicide prevention
Journal name Nurse Education Today   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-6917
1532-2793
Publication date 2009-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.03.013
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Issue 7
Start page 763
End page 769
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate an education programme on suicide prevention for nurses working in general hospitals. A mixed method design that included a single group pretest–posttest analysis and focus group interviews was used. A convenient sample of 54 registered nurses was recruited from the medical and surgical units of two regional general hospitals. An 18-hour education programme on suicide prevention based on reflective learning principles was provided to the participants. The outcome measures used included participants’ attitudes towards, knowledge of, competence in and stress levels arising from suicide prevention and management. Eighteen participants joined the focus group interviews. There were statistically significant positive changes in the pre- and post-test measures of participants’ attitudes and competence levels. Qualitative data showed that participants had applied the new knowledge they acquired in clinical practice. They perceived themselves as being more aware of the problem of suicide and more competent in managing suicide risk. Participants highlighted certain barriers that exist to providing optimal care, including inadequate manpower, lack of support from senior staff and a lack of guidelines. Ongoing education may be necessary to expedite changes. The education programme provided can be delivered to other health care professional groups and the results further evaluated.
Keyword Suicide
General nurses
Education
Evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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