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Nurse Educ Today. 2006 May;26(4):286-97. Epub 2005 Dec 15.

Evaluating the efficacy of an integrated curriculum on adolescent health and development for pre-service nursing education in Hong Kong.

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  • 1School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, China. hsrlee@inet.polyu.edu.hk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

An integrated adolescent curriculum on health and development (ADH) was implemented in a pre-service nursing programme in a university.

AIM:

This study examined the efficacy of an ADH curricular framework in improving the competency variables of student nurses in delivering ADH services.

METHOD:

The design of the study was quasi-experimental with the systematically designed ADH training curriculum as an intervention. Pre- and post-tests incorporating an experimental group and a control group for a sample of 101 student nurses were used.

FINDINGS:

Reports from 50 student nurses in the experimental group indicated that there was a significant increase from the pre-test to the post-test phase in the total score for the variables in the ADH Competency Checklist (Z=-5.71, p<0.001) and its four subscales: the professional development subscale (Z=-5.37, p<0.001), the psychosocial and physical well-being subscale (Z=-5.66, p<0.001), the health behaviours and lifestyles subscale (Z=-5.07, p<0.001), and the identity and reproductive health subscale (Z=-4.86, p<0.001). Significant changes were detected in the ADH competency variables for the control group in the post-test phase.

CONCLUSION:

The findings reveal that the systematic integration of ADH in the nursing curriculum had the positive impact of increasing the competency of student nurses for the examined variables.

PMID:
16343698
DOI:
10.1016/j.nedt.2005.10.008
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