Increasing Nurse Confidence in Patient Teaching Using Motivational Interviewing

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Abstract

This article describes a pilot study that involves nurses learning motivational interviewing techniques as a way to enhance confidence in educating patients about diabetes. The pilot study took place in the medical telemetry unit of a large teaching hospital in southwest United States. The intervention included a 2-hour session that involved didactic and role-playing components. Presurvey and postsurvey results indicated that the intervention significantly improved nurses' confidence in teaching patients (t = −7.474, p = .0001).

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