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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Barbara Goddard


blood sugar monitoring, hospital care of infants, study and teaching nurses


This study evaluated the effect of an educational presentation on neonatal, nurses' knowledge of bedside blood glucose screening using Chemstrip bG reagent strips. A non-probability sample of 25 neonatal nurses was obtained to determine the nurses' level of knowledge of Chemstrip bG screening before and after an educational presentation. A secondary objective was to determine the relationship between the nurses' selected demographic variables and scores on selected items in the pretest.
Major findings of this investigation include evidence of a significant relationship between the educational presentation and the increase in nurses' knowledge of Chemstrip bG screening. The results of this study also suggest that the selected variables and two test items could be used as predictors of the need for educational inservices regarding Chemstrip bG administration for specific nurses. In addition, the study findings indicate that regardless of the length of experience nurses may have, they need ongoing education on Chemstrip bG screening. These findings have implications for nursing and further research. These results may guide nurse educators who plan educational programs for neonatal nurses.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Blood sugar monitoring
Newborn infants -- Hospital care
Nurses -- Study and teaching



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