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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Windsor, Sonja
Email sonjawindsor@mweb.co.za
URN etd-10152007-144950
Document Title An educational programme for critical care nurses on the interpretation of ventilator graphics
Degree MCur (Clinical)
Department Nursing Science
Advisor Name Title
Dr A D H Botha
  • critical care nurses
  • knowledge deficiencies
  • educational programme
  • measuring instrument
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • competency indicator
  • Cronbach’s alpha
  • ventilator waveforms
Date 2005-12-11
Availability unrestricted
The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge of critical care nurses regarding ventilator waveforms in order to develop an educational programme on this topic. A quantitative, descriptive, contextual research design was used, and convenience sampling implemented. A survey, using a questionnaire as measuring instrument, was conducted among critical care nurses in selected private hospitals in Gauteng. The response rate was 69%. Cronbach’s alpha indicated that the questionnaire was fairly reliable. The total average percentage achieved by the group of 111 respondents was 40,28%, which is 19.72% below the set competency indicator of 60%. Only 15 respondents achieved a percentage of or above the competency indicator. Results proved that the respondents required intensive training on the topic. A user-friendly education programme in the format of a PowerPoint presentation was developed to address knowledge deficiencies in critical care nurses’ interpretation of ventilator graphics.

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