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Use of technical skills and medical devices among new registered nurses: A questionnaire study
Örebro University.
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Health Services Research. Malardalen Univ, Sch Hlth Care & Social Welf, Vasteras, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Nurse Education Today, ISSN 0260-6917, E-ISSN 1532-2793, Vol. 35, no 12, 1169-1174 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


One comprehensive part of nursing practice is performing technical skills and handling of medical equipment. This might be challenging for new registered nurses (RNs) to do in patient-safe way.


The aim of this study was to describe and compare the extent to which new RNs perform various technical skills and handle medical devices in different settings, and to investigate their possibility for continued learning in this respect. A further aim was to describe their perceptions of incident reporting related to technical skills and medical devices.


A cross-sectional study with descriptive and comparative design.


RNs who recently graduated from a nursing programme at three Swedish universities and had worked as a RN for up to 1 year were included in the study (n = 113, response rate 57%).


Data were collected by means of a postal questionnaire.


Half of the RNs reported that they performed several of the listed tasks every day or every week, regardless of workplace. These tasks were most frequently performed in surgical departments. The majority of the participants (76%) stated a need of continued practical training. However, less than half of them (48%) had access to a training environment. Several participants (43%) had been involved in incidents related to technical skills or medical devices, which were not always reported. Nearly a third of the participants (31%) did not use the existing guidelines when performing technical skills, and reflection on performance was uncommon.


This study highlights the importance of shared responsibilities between nurse educators and health care employers to provide learning opportunities for new RNs in technical skills, to maintain patient safety. To increase the safety culture where nursing students and new RNs understand the importance of using evidence-based guidelines and taking a reflective approach in the performance of technical tasks is needed.

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2015. Vol. 35, no 12, 1169-1174 p.
Keyword [en]
Clinical competence; Clinical laboratory; Equipment and supplies; Incident reports; Medical devices; New registered nurses; Nursing skills; Patient safety
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-268668DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.05.006ISI: 000365372700007PubMedID: 26059922OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-268668DiVA: diva2:878513
Available from: 2015-12-09 Created: 2015-12-09 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved

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