Use of Physical Assessment Skills and Education Needs of Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Specialists

Hyunsook Shin, Bog-Ja Kim, Hee Sun Kang
2009 Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing  
Purpose: The study was done to investigate physical assessment skills used by, and educational needs of, advanced practice nurses (APNs) and nurse specialists in Korea. Methods: A total of 123 APNs and nurse specialists working in five major hospitals in Seoul were surveyed from July 15 to August 20, 2007. Results: Fourteen skills out of 126 items were reported as being performed on a regular basis by participants. The majority of these skills involved general observation. Forty-six skills were
more » ... rty-six skills were rarely used. Some participants showed a lack of confidence in certain assessment skills, such as in doing a rectal or pelvic exam, and the use of some assessment equipment. Over 90% of participants required in-depth education on health assessment provided by specialists or nursing professional organizations. Conclusion: More educational opportunities in physical assessment should be provided including education programs based on the nurses' skill levels and needs. This effort will help to increase confidence of APNs and nurse specialists in physical assessment skills, ultimately resulting in better nursing outcomes.
doi:10.4040/jkan.2009.39.5.709 pmid:19901501 fatcat:a7eikqt4ozhjde2nn4w72edjta