Abstract TP365: Think Big: Weekly Stroke Education for Registered Nurses on the Stroke Unit
Background: Nurses play a pivotal role in all phases of care of the stroke patient. Stroke Nurses have responded to the challenge of making stroke systems of care a reality in recent years. We wanted our stroke nurses to use evidence-based practice to organize and deliver stroke services and facilitate optimal outcomes for stroke patients. One of the most important components of a Stroke Program is having a designated unit where patients receive specialized stroke care. Nurses who are a part of a stroke center should be trained to recognize medical complications that can arise in someone who has suffered a stroke. One of the most important reasons why primary stroke centers are the premier places for the treatment of strokes is that, by having specialized stroke units, patients have better outcomes. Is weekly stroke education for RNs on the stroke floor helpful to the nurses?<br Does it influence or impact the way they care for their patients?
Methods: Since information,research and even nursing staff is always changing, education needs to be provided to nurses taking care of stroke patients so they have the latest and greatest knowledge to share with their patients and loved ones. We asked the staff what topic they wanted to cover and posted a suggestion box on the unit entitled “Ask a Stroke Nurse,” analyzed the attendance and did a survey to get the nurses’ feedback. Collectively we decided the best way to capture all staff on all shifts was to do weekly in-services and education sessions covering everything from Journal articles, updates about the program, interesting case studies, breaking science and even guest speakers from other departments.
Conclusion: The survey showed that 96% of RNs on the stroke floor found the weekly education very valuable. 96% found that it positively impacted their practice,additionally, 91% said it greatly increased their knowledge about stroke & TIA. We will continue weekly education and continue to get feedback from the nurses. This endeavor has proven to be a very successful. We were pleased to see the positive comments from the staff about how much they enjoy and look forward to the classes each week.
- © 2012 by American Heart Association, Inc.