American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium
American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium
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George, C. Peritoneal dialysis modality: Engaging staff to enhance competency to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Presented at: American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium; Aug. 29-31, 2020 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Healio Nephrology was unable to determine relevant financial disclosures prior to publication.
September 24, 2020
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Education program increases staff knowledge of peritoneal dialysis

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George, C. Peritoneal dialysis modality: Engaging staff to enhance competency to improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Presented at: American Nephrology Nurses Association National Symposium; Aug. 29-31, 2020 (virtual meeting).

Disclosures: Healio Nephrology was unable to determine relevant financial disclosures prior to publication.
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After a peritoneal dialysis education program, the number of staff at a Veterans Affairs center who scored their knowledge level on the topic as “high” and “very high” increased, according to presented research.

“Growth of the [peritoneal dialysis] PD program increases the need for a competent and confident staff to care for PD patients,” study author Chechamma George, RN, BSN, CNN, wrote. The research was presented at the American Nephrology Nurses Association.

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George distributed a needs assessment survey that asked staff at James J. Peters VA Medical Center to rate their knowledge of peritoneal dialysis. He polled staff on their knowledge before and after an education program on peritoneal dialysis.

Of the 40 staff members surveyed, the number of staff who scored their level of knowledge prior to the program as high increased from 8 to 19 after the program and the number of staff who scored it as very high increased from 3 before the in-service to 21 after the in-service.

Overall, the percentage of staff who rated their knowledge as low or medium decreased after the program (low: 35% pre- vs. 0% post-education program; medium: 38% pre- vs. 0% post-education program), while ratings of high or very high increased after the program (high: 20% pre- vs. 48% post-education program; very high: 8% pre- vs. 53% post-education program).

George wrote that annual education is important due to the risk level of the patient population and potential barriers to staff education, such as turnover rates, time, shift or workload changes.