Effectiveness of an evidence-based curriculum module in nursing schools targeting safe patient handling and movement.
Nelson AL; Waters TR; Menzel NN; Hughes N; Hagan PC; Powell-Cope G; Sedlak C; Thompson V
Int J Nurs Educ Scholarsh 2007 Jan; 4(1):26
Nursing schools in the United States have not been teaching evidence-based practices for safe patient handling, putting their graduates at risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The specific aim of this study was to translate research related to safe patient handling into the curricula of nursing schools and evaluate the impact on nurse educators and students' intentions to use safe patient handling techniques. Nurse educators at 26 nursing schools received curricular materials and training; nursing students received the evidence-based curriculum module. There were three control sites. Questionnaires were used to collect data on knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about safe patient handling for both nurse educators and students, pre- and post-training. In this study, we found that nurse educator and student knowledge improved significantly at intervention schools, as did intention to use mechanical lifting devices in the near future. We concluded that the curriculum module is ready for wide dissemination across nursing schools to reduce the risk of MSDs among nurses.
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Nurses; Nursing; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel
International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Harvard School of Public Health