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Occupational health nurses' achievement of competence and comfort in respiratory protection and preferred learning methods: results of a nationwide survey.
Burgel-BJ; Novak-DA; Carpenter-HE; Gruden-M; Lachat-AM; Taormina-D
Workplace Health Saf 2014 Feb; 62(2):56-68
Additional findings are presented from a 2012 nationwide survey of 2,072 occupational health nurses regarding how they achieved competence in respiratory protection, their preferred methods of learning, and how they motivated employees to use respiratory protection. On-the-job training, taking a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health spirometry course, or attending professional conferences were the primary ways occupational health nurses gained respiratory protection knowledge. Attending professional conferences was the preferred method of learning, varying by type of industry and years of occupational health nurse experience. Employee motivational strategies were not widely used; the most common strategy was to tailor respiratory protection training to workplace culture. Designing training methods that match learning preferences, within the context of the organization's safety and quality improvement culture, is a key recommendation supported by the literature and these findings. Including respiratory protection content and competencies in all levels of academic nursing education is an additional recommendation. Additional research is needed to link training strategies with consistent and correct use of respiratory protection by employees.
Nurses; Medical-personnel; Education; Training; Spirometry; Respiration; Respiratory-protection; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Preventive-medicine; Safety-education; Health-care-personnel
Barbara J. Burgel, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAAOHN, COHN-S, University of California School of Nursing, 2 Koret Way, Box 0608, San Francisco, CA 94143-0608
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Workplace Health & Safety
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division