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ERIC Number: ED279254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Problem Solving in Nursing.
Karns, Phyllis Spear
The relationship of educational preparation to the problem- solving performance of 55 hospital employed baccalaureate and associate degree nurses working in Wyoming hospitals was studied. Participant data were collected that might correlate with problem-solving ability: age, years of experience in nursing, years of work experience in a health-related field before becoming a nurse, total years of higher education, and areas of work (general medical-surgical nursing and intensive care/emergency room nursing). A Patient Management Problem developed by Holzemer was the problem-solving instrument. Using hierarchical multiple regression analyses, no significant differences were found in baccalureate and associate level nurses' performance on a proficiency scale. The baccalaureate nurses were more efficient and selected fewer negatively weighted items. Educational preparation explained about 8% of the variance in performance on the efficiency scale. The variable, years of education, made a significant contribution to performance on the proficiency scale. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Regional Conference on University Teaching (2nd, Las Cruces, NM, January 8-10, 1986). For complete proceedings, see ED 276 328.