Effect of an evidence-based paediatric fever education program on emergency nurses' knowledge

Julie Considine, Denise Brennan
Accident and Emergency Nursing 2007, 15 (1): 10-9

INTRODUCTION: This study examined the effect of an educational intervention of factual knowledge on emergency nurses' knowledge and clinical decisions related to paediatric fever.

METHOD: A prospective pre-test/post-test design was used. Emergency nurses' factual knowledge was measured by parallel multiple choice questions and the intervention for the study was an educational intervention consisting of two tutorials. Pre-test data were collected in early June 2005 and post-test data were collected during August 2005.

RESULTS: Thirty-one emergency nurses completed the pre and post-test multiple choice questions. Emergency nurses' knowledge increased following the tutorials. Pre-test score was positively correlated with knowledge acquisition. Self-reports of independent decisions related to fever management were influenced by experience, hours of employment, level of appointment, postgraduate qualifications and pre-test score.

DISCUSSION: High levels of variability in knowledge and knowledge acquisition suggest a review of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula is warranted. Although this study identified associations between independent fever management decisions and participant characteristics, further research is pivotal to better understanding these relationships.

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