Impact of eLearning course on nurses' professional competence in seclusion and restraint practices: A randomized controlled study (ISRCTN32869544)

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

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Abstract

Education on the care of aggressive and disturbed patients is fragmentary. eLearning could ensure the quality of such education, but data on its impact on professional competence of the staff are insufficient. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ePsychNurse.Net, an eLearning course, on psychiatric nurses' professional competence in seclusion and restraint and on their job satisfaction and general self-efficacy. The study showed that the ePsychNurse.Net, an affordable and easy-to-access learning instrument may, with certain reservations, be recommended for the continuing vocational education of nursing staff in psychiatric institutions. ePsychNurse.Net is worth further development with more flexible time schedules and individualization of content. Education on the care of aggressive and disturbed patients is fragmentary. eLearning could ensure the quality of such education, but data on its impact on professional competence in psychiatry are lacking. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of ePsychNurse.Net, an eLearning course, on psychiatric nurses' professional competence in seclusion and restraint and on their job satisfaction and general self-efficacy. In a randomized controlled study, 12 wards were randomly assigned to ePsychNurse.Net (intervention) or education as usual (control). Baseline and 3-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 158 completers. Knowledge (primary outcome) of coercion-related legislation improved in the intervention group, while knowledge of physical restraint improved and knowledge of seclusion remained unchanged in both groups. General self-efficacy improved in the intervention group also attitude to seclusion in the control group. In between-group comparison, attitudes to seclusion (one of secondary outcomes) favoured the control group. Although the ePsychNurse.Net demonstrated only slight advantages over conventional learning, it may be worth further development with, e.g. flexible time schedule and individualized content.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)813-821
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • ELearning
  • Nursing education
  • Quantitative methodology
  • Seclusion and restraint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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