Assessing the impact of nursing training on patient safety in neonatal intensive care unit at maternity and children's hospital in the K.S.A.

Nashi Masnad Alreshidi, Michelle Garcia, Rana Mohammad Al Aseeri, Talal Majed Al Reshedi


Background and objective: Nursing training programs with thorough planning and implementation, staff knowledge, skills and attitude is enhanced thereby contributing to an improved performance, teamwork and commitment towards achieving organizational goals and objectives. This is a descriptive report of a previously conducted intervention at the hospital. This study seeks to understand the level of staff perception, on the effectiveness of the training/courses implemented or conducted and its impact on staff performance, morale and attitude.

Methods: The sample of this study was collected by cluster sampling method which includes 88 NICU staff nurse in Maternity and Children's Hospital of 38 bed capacity. This is a descriptive report of a previously conducted intervention at the hospital. A 5-point likert scale was self-report evaluation tool to assess training effectiveness of the implemented courses and or training and mean score is computed and interpreted. Contents of the questionnaire from the federal authority for government human resources is subjected for content validation.

Results: A total of 88 NICU staff nurses, ages ranged between 26-31, majority hold the bachelor degree 77 (87.5%), with an average clinical experience between 1-4 years.  According to the 15 enlisted courses/trainings implemented in NICU, the highest rate of attendance is Neonatal Resuscitation Program 60 (68.2%) next is S.T.A.B.L.E. Program 74 (84.1%) and third N.I.D.C.A.P. 48 (54.5%). And base on the self-reported evaluation on the level of agreement of the 6 item question scored by 5-point likert scale the result has a mean score of 4 = agree. Majority of the respondents, 71 (80.9%) had the chance to make use of the skills learnt while 17 (19%) had no chance due to feeling busy most of the time 8 (10%).

Conclusions and implication: It is concluded that to ensure patient safety, proper education and correct implementation of training and evaluation results into a positive outcome. A positive outcome on job performance, staff morale and teamwork toward the achievement of organizational goals and objectives.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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