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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Penny Powers


nursing wounds and injuries, South Dakota nurse attitudes


This non-experimental exploratory descriptive study investigated the management practices and perceived barriers to wound management by nurses practicing in rural mid west hospitals. One hundred thirty female registered nurses participated in the study and completed The Wound Assessment and Management Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings revealed that nurses in this study were older and had more years of nursing practice experience compared to participants from three other international wound management studies. There were no statistically significant differences between Total Knowledge Scores and demographics or continuing professional development. There were statistical differences between some inservice attendance and Total Practice Scores of Preventive Strategies and basic nursing education and one work-related barrier to good practice. Qualitative data revealed six new themes related to barriers to good practice. The results of this study can be used by nurse leaders to improve nursing practice and for nurse educators to design educational programs related to wound management educators to design educational programs related to wound management.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Wounds and injuries -- Nursing.
Nurses -- South Dakota -- Attitudes.



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