Educating Chinese Nurses About Rehabilitation Nursing: Findings From a Single Cohort Quantitative Pilot Project

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to present results of a pilot program to educate nurses in China about rehabilitation nursing.

Design:

A single cohort, pre- and posttest design with an educational intervention.

Methods:

A 3-day basic rehabilitation nursing education program was conducted in Shanghai and Hangzhou by a certified rehabilitation nurse specialist from the United States. The effect of the educational intervention was measured using pre- and posttests for six topic areas. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, correlations, and paired samples t tests.

Findings:

Paired samples t tests showed a significant improvement (p < .01) as a result of the educational intervention on all three tests covering the six basic topics.

Conclusions:

The knowledge of the nurses on topics of basic rehabilitation nursing significantly increased as a result of the educational program.

Clinical Relevance:

Rehabilitation nurses interested in international travel and developing professional relationships with nurses in China can provide education to promote our specialty practice overseas.

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