C.C.LAM1, Y.W.GOH1, Y.LIN1, H.C.QUEK1, X.LIAN1
Tan Tock Seng Hospital1
The complexity of diabetes care has been rapidly increasing for the past decade. Several studies show that new nurses have difficulties to transfer knowledge to the patient care settings. In our setting, we realize that new nurses have higher risk of getting medication errors and delaying in carrying out treatment despite they have completed traditional diabetes orientation program. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of realistic case based scenario training to improve diabetes knowledge of newly registered nurses.
We conducted a before/after study to examine how knowledge changed after training. We enrolled newly registered nurses during their orientation training from August – October 2020. Our pre and post-test consisted of a 30 questionnaire on diabetes knowledge. Baseline knowledge was assessed at pre-test. Training consisted of 40 minutes realistic case-based scenarios training follow by hands-on practice. The post-test was administered immediately 10 minutes after the session.
96 participants received training. The mean test result before training increased from 20.90 points (SD: 3.13) vs to 22.79 (SD: 2.41) after training, out of a maximum of 30 points. After training, there was a statistically significant increase of 1.90 points (95% CI: 1.40-2.39, p <0.001).
Realistic case-based scenario method shows significant improvement in nurses’ knowledge after training. The results of this study need to be validated with a large population and longer duration. Elearn approach can be explored for the future study.