Validation of an instrument to assess nurses’ level of knowledge on the prevention and treatment of individuals with venous ulcers

  • Alana Tamar Oliveira de Sousa Nurse, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Campina Grande. PB, Brazil. email: alanatamar@gmail.com
  • Nilton Soares Formiga Psychologist, PhD. Professor at the International Faculty of Paraiba-FPB, Joao Pessoa. PB, Brazil. email: nsformiga@yahoo.com
  • Simone Helena dos Santos Oliveira Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB). PB, Brazil. email: simonehsoliveira@gmail.com
  • Gilson de Vasconcelos Torres Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. RN, Brazil. email: gilsonvtorres@hotmail.com
  • Marta Miriam Lopes Costa Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at the Federal University of Paraíba. PB - Brazil. email: marthamiryam@hotmail.com
  • Maria Júlia Guimarães Oliveira Soares Nurse, Ph.D. Professor at the Federal University of Paraíba. PB – Brasil. email: mmjulieg@gmail.com
Keywords: Education, nursing, leg ulcer, patient care, surveys and questionnaires, varicose ulcer.

Abstract

Objective. Validating an instrument to assess nurse knowledge related to preventing and treating individuals with venous ulcer (VU)

Methods. This is an exploratory study, conducted with 78 primary health care nurses. These professionals answered the questionnaire with
twelve items pertaining to knowing and doing while addressing the person with VU. SPSS for Windows, version 21.0, with descriptive analyses and Pearson correlation was used for data analysis.

Results. The measurement of questionnaire reliability, from Cronbach’s alpha, revealed in the Theoretical Knowledge Domain (TKD), 0.88 alpha,
and in the Practical Knowledge Domain (PKD), 0.70 alpha, indicators that guaranteed reliability of such a measurement for the extracted sample. With regard to the correlation between TKD and PKD and Nursing Care to the Person with VU, those were significant and strong in almost all items. The bi-factorial model, with theoretical and practical domains, is what best explains the nurse assistance for the person with VU. The nurse that knows one or both domains in treating wounds, probably, will allow for greater dominance over VU and in assisting the person with VU.

Conclusion. The validated version showed reliability, enabling thus the other professionals to tailor the same methodology to other topics, identifying the ramifications of knowing and doing and, thereby,strengthening gaps in the Nursing Education area.

 

How to cite this article: Sousa ATO, Formiga NS, Oliveira SHS, Torres GVT, Costa MML, Soares MJGO. Validating an instrument to assess nurse knowledge related to preventing and treating individuals with venous ulcer. Invest. Educ. Enferm. 2016; 34(3): 433-443

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Published
2016-10-21
How to Cite
Oliveira de Sousa, A. T., Soares Formiga, N., dos Santos Oliveira, S. H., de Vasconcelos Torres, G., Lopes Costa, M. M., & Guimarães Oliveira Soares, M. J. (2016). Validation of an instrument to assess nurses’ level of knowledge on the prevention and treatment of individuals with venous ulcers. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 34(3). Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/iee/article/view/325697
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ORIGINAL ARTICLES / ARTÍCULOS ORIGINALES / ARTIGOS ORIGINAIS