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Journal of Nursing Research and Practice

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Experiences in training programs for nursing COVID-19 patients: educational needs of clinical nurses

Author(s): Yara Ejiofor

The goal of this study was to learn more about clinical nurses' experiences with training programmes for critically ill patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and their educational needs. Content analysis was used to assess qualitative data, and Borich's formula was used to analyse quantitative data. In March 2021, data for the study were collected from 16 nurses who had completed a nursing programme for critically ill COVID-19 patients and were working at three COVID-19-designated hospitals.

The experiences of the participants were divided into three broad categories and ten subcategories: "Participation experiences and perceptions of the training programme," "Recommendations for refining the training programme," and "Perceptions of working in an infectious workplace." The most pressing educational needs in respiratory and non-respiratory nursing, according to Borich's formula, 

were "nursing care for patients on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation" and "application of continuous renal replacement therapy and patient care."

Nursing education programmes with material corresponding to nurses' demands must be developed to prepare for the periodic appearance of communicable infectious diseases around the world and to cultivate nursing personnel to care for critically ill patients. This study can be utilised as a foundation for developing nursing staff for critically ill patients with communicable infectious diseases, taking into account clinical nurses' educational demands and fundamental nursing student training resources.


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