J Korean Acad Adult Nurs.  2007 Mar;19(1):35-44.

A Study of Nurses' Knowledge Level and Assessment Experience of Delirium

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Inha University, Korea.
  • 2Division of Nursing, Hallym University, Korea. kimcg@hallym.ac.kr
  • 3College of Nursing, Margaret Pritchard University, Korea.
  • 4College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Korea.
  • 5College of Nursing, Catholic University of Korea, Korea.
  • 6Department of Nursing, Kongju National University, Korea.
  • 7College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Korea.
  • 8College of Nursing, Yonsei University, Korea.
  • 9College of Nursing, Korea University, Korea.
  • 10Red Cross College of Nursing, Korea.
  • 11Department of Nursing, Korea National Open University, Korea.
  • 12Department of Nursing, Dong-Eui University, Korea.
  • 13Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was conducted to examine the knowledge level and assessment experience of nurses in regards to delirium, and to utilize the study results as baseline data for planning delirium education programs for nurses.
METHODS
Subjects were 465 nurses who were working in a general hospital. A 'delirium related knowledge and assessment experience' questionnaire was used to collect data.
RESULTS
Knowledge levels regarding delirium averaged 70 out of 100, and at each domain, they scored 87 for etiology of delirium, 62 for symptoms, and 69 for nursing management. The knowledge level of delirium was significantly different according to educational level (F=3.851, p=.022), past education related to geriatrics(t=2.471, p=.014), and awareness of need for in-service education on geriatric nursing(F=2.663, p=.032). About 85% of nurses had past experience of dealing with delirious patients and only 7.7% of nurses used delirious state assessment tools.
CONCLUSION
According to the above results, it is necessary, not only to provide delirium related educational programs for nurses, but also to emphasize the usefulness of applying the assessment tool.

Keyword

Nurse; Delirium
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