First Advisor

Loyde W. Hales

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Community College Education






Health and environmental sciences, Nurses -- In-service training, Nursing records



Physical Description

4, x, 147 leaves 28 cm.


A training program was developed to help registered nurses in an acute care facility to learn nursing process theory and to transfer that theory to nursing practice. A total sample of 102 newly-hired nurses who had participated in this training program were pre- and post- tested on class content; they also filled out a questionnaire which provided demographic and attitudinal data related to the use of nursing process as a model for nursing care. An audit sample of 82 nurses, who were a part of the total sample, were audited one month after the training program to collect data on documentation in patients' charts of the understanding and utilization of nursing process; 246 audits were completed. Concomitantly, an audit was performed to determine total nursing staff compliance with requirements that the nursing process be used and documented in patients' charts. Performance behaviors, i.e., pre- and post-test scores, common test scores, self-perceived understanding scores, and percent complete on audit were collected and analyzed. Additionally, data on age, experience, and type of nursing education were collected and analyzed. Results indicated that the nurses who attended this training program evidenced an understanding of nursing process theory and documented their implementation of the process into nursing practice. Despite differences in age, experience, and educational programs which appeared to be statistically significant, the performances of nurses who had attended this training program showed no significant differences in practice.


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Portland State University. School of Education.

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