Impact of eLearning course on nurses' professional competence in seclusion and restraint practices: 9-month follow-up results of a randomized controlled study (ISRCTN32869544)

R. Kontio, H. Hätönen, G. Joffe, A. Pitkänen, M. Lahti, Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki

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Abstract

eLearning may facilitate continuing vocational education, but data on the long-term effects of an eLearning course are lacking. The aim of this study was to explore the long-term impact of an eLearning course entitled ePsychNurse.Net on psychiatric nurses' professional competence in practicing seclusion and restraint and on their job satisfaction and general self-efficacy at 9-month follow-up. In a randomized controlled study, 12 wards were randomly assigned to the ePsychNurse.Net (intervention) or training as usual (control). Baseline and 9-month follow-up data on nurses' knowledge of coercion-related legislation, physical restraint and seclusion, their attitudes towards physical restraint and seclusion, job satisfaction and general self-efficacy were analysed for 137 completers (those who participated in the 9-month follow-up assessment). No between-group differences were found on any variable, with the exception of a change in attitude to seclusion in favour of the control group. The findings of the long-term effects did not differ from the immediate outcomes (3-month follow-up) and the improved level of knowledge acquired and further consolidation of that knowledge did not take place in the 6-month period after the 3-month ePsychNurse.Net course. The ePsychNurse.Net should be further developed and its future modifications will require additional studies, probably with some new outcome measures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-418
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Continuing vocational education
  • ELearning
  • Professional competence
  • Randomized controlled study
  • Restraint
  • Seclusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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