J Korean Soc Matern Child Health.  2017 May;21(2):149-158. 10.21896/jksmch.2017.21.2.149.

Effect of the Fever Education Program on Pediatric Nurses' Expert Knowledge, Attitudes and Nursing Practice

  • 1Jungang Childrens Hospital, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Kwangju Women's University, Korea. chois@Kwu.ac.kr


This study was performed to develop the Fever Education Program (FEP) and evaluate its effects on the knowledge, attitudes, and nursing practice of pediatric nurses.
The quasi-experimental research strategy used a pretest-posttest nonequivalent control group design. Recruited participants were forty-seven nurses at two pediatric hospitals in G city. The research was conducted from September 1 to October 10, 2015. To test the effects of the FEP, the participants were divided into two groups, an experimental group (n=27) and a control group (n=20). Data were collected prior to and six weeks after the intervention using self-reported questionnaires. Data were analyzed using Fisher's exact test, the χ²-test, t–test, Mann-Whitney U test, and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) with the SPSS/WIN 19.0 program.
Following the FEP intervention, no significant differences were found in nursing practice, but significant differences were found in knowledge (t=3.62, p=0.001) and attitudes (t=4.26, p=0.000) between the experimental group and the control group.
The results of this study indicate that the FEP could provide an effective nursing intervention to improve knowledge and attitudes toward fever care in pediatric nurses.


fever; pediatric nurses; knowledge; attitude; nursing practice
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