Perspectives on effective educational practices regarding venepuncture

Chieko Fujii


The purpose of this study was to determine the factors that may lead to effective education. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed in a hospital, with 156 nurses of the total nursing staff in the hospital completing the questionnaire (response rate, 74.3%). This study determined the background of the nurses according to their response as either in agreement or against the concept of learning venepuncture on human subjects at nursing schools. Most factors in the agreement group were evaluated according to experience or lack of experience. This showed venepunctures “Performed while still a student” (OR = 5.56, 95% CI: 2.06-15.01) were a contributing factor in the nurses’ responses. The proportion of participants who performed their first venepuncture as a nursing student was 86.0% in the agreement group and 51.9% in the against group. The percentage of nurses who never had practical training on a simulated model was 15.4%. It may be expected that one person’s experience may be passed onto the next generation in the same way. The first venepuncture will shift from a nursing student to a novice nurse, and because this may be a late decision the safety of the peer nurse needs to be considered. It is therefore necessary to expand prior practise exercises such as with a simulator. The venepuncture learning program starts after the nursing license is obtained. The program will be called into question as to whether or not it was carried out safely in the patients.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

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

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