Enhancing the cultural competence of women’s health nurses via online continuing education
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To determine the effectiveness of a computer-based learning module specific to arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation. DESIGN A pretest and posttest design was used to assess staff nurses' ability to interpret ABGs before and after engaging in a computer-based module. SETTING Two community hospitals in northern Illinois. SAMPLE Fifty-eight staff nurses completed the online learning module and the pretest and posttest measures. METHODS Subjects consented to participate and completed a pretest measure of their knowledge of ABG interpretation. Subjects participated in a computer-based learning module on ABG interpretation and then completed a posttest. FINDINGS Staff nurses' knowledge increased significantly after viewing the computer-based learning module (t = 6.3; P < .001). This improvement was irrespective of experience or department. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS Computer-based, online learning has emerged as a means of providing continuing education to nurses. Such a teaching strategy helps to overcome barriers pertinent to traditional classroom settings.