Bridging theory-to-practice gaps in a long-term ventilated unit during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jose Arnold Tariga


Background and objective: COVID-19 had greatly impacted nurse-patient ratios worldwide, forcing hospitals to hire new nurses with minimal experience or without specialized skills. To ensure clinical competence, the author developed the Long Term Critical Care Transition Modules and conducted this study to assess its effectiveness.

Methods: Three learning modules were developed and data were collected using a researcher-made questionnaire and competency checklist. Results were analyzed using descriptive statistics and paired t-test to evaluate if there was a significant improvement in the skills and competence levels before and after being subjected to the modules. 

Results: Demographic profiles indicated that majority of the nurses were in their early career. A significant improvement of competency levels among nurses post-module attendance was also noted (p < .05).

Conclusions: The transition modules can be an effective methodology in upskilling nurses with minimal or without prior experience in long-term care, within a short period of time.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

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

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