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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2017, 5(3), 70-78
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-5-3-1
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Learning Needs Assessment of Pediatric Nurses Regarding Delirium and Its Barriers of Screening at Intensive Care Units

Fawzia El Sayed Abusaad1, , Marwa Fathallah Mostafa2 and Adel El Wehedy Ibraheim3

1Pediatric Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt

2Critical Care and Emergency Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt

3Community Health Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt

Pub. Date: May 24, 2017

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Fawzia El Sayed Abusaad, Marwa Fathallah Mostafa and Adel El Wehedy Ibraheim. Learning Needs Assessment of Pediatric Nurses Regarding Delirium and Its Barriers of Screening at Intensive Care Units. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2017; 5(3):70-78. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-5-3-1


Pediatric delirium is a significant issue among critically ill children; Professional and highly qualified nurses are usually the first who identify delirium in ICU patients, with a need for close monitoring, recognition, and prevention. Aim of the study was to assess learning needs of critical care nurses regarding pediatric delirium and its barrier of screening at ICUs. Method: A descriptive design was conducted on a purposive sample of 91 pediatric critical care nurses working at Mansoura University Children's hospital and New Mansoura General hospital who fulfills the criteria of selection using pediatric nurses learning needs structured questionnaire that includes questions about characteristics of studied nurses, nurse's knowledge, attitude and practice about pediatric delirium and barriers of delirium screening among pediatric critical care nurses. Results: the level of nurses' knowledge was poor in 94.5%, fair in 5.5% and there was any one with good knowledge, the negative attitude toward delirium was reported in 54.9% of nurses, while only 3.3% of nurses has positive attitude and the level of practice was unsatisfactory in 81.3% of nurses. The most common barriers for delirium screening as reported by the studied nurses is absent of tool to evaluate delirium (86.8%), difficult to determine delirium in children on ventilator (78.0%) and inefficient of symptoms registering in children taking sedation (70.3%). Conclusions: the majority of studied nurses have poor knowledge about pediatric delirium particularly for its definition, causes and its management. Also, more than half of them has negative attitude regarding delirium and majority of them has unsatisfactory practice. The commonest barriers for delirium screening were absent of tool and difficulties of delirium screening for children on ventilator at ICUs. Recommendation: pediatric critical care nurses learning needs should be assessed constantly and progressively through implementing educational training program to increase competences of Pediatric ICUs staff focused on practical guidelines for hospitalized children with delirium.

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