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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date

2015

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Robin Arends

Keywords

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, neuropathy, nursing education, nursing knowledge, nursing confidence, oncology nurses, infusion nurses, cancer, oncology, professional development, nurse continuing education, nurse assessment.

Abstract

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a debilitating side effect of most chemotherapeutic agents used to treat cancer. To ensure the best possible care and outcomes for patients, nurses should be at the forefront of CIPN education and patient assessments. The purpose of this project was to evaluate an educational intervention for oncology nurses on CIPN and CIPN patient assessment by assessing the knowledge and confidence level of nurses in assessing CIPN before and after an educational session. The methodology for this project was a quasi-experimental one-group pretest multiple posttest design with a convenience sample of nurses employed by the Cancer Center. Questionnaires with Likert scale measurements for nurses’ confidence and multiple choice questions for nurses’ knowledge were used to gather data. The mean confidence level increased from pretest to both posttests, and statistical significance was reached in the increase in overall confidence. The nurses showed increased knowledge with statistical significance reached. Further inquiry is suggested with a larger sample size and a confidence and knowledge test that has been tested for validity.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nerves, Peripheral -- Diseases
Cancer -- Nursing -- Study and teaching

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 50-55)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

89

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
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