Learning and Competence of Empowering Patient Education

Learning and Competence of Empowering Patient Education

Research focuses on nursing students’ and nurses’ competence in empowering patient education. In this field, computer simulation program of empowering discourse has been developed, tested and evaluated in nursing education. The simulation program is further tested in developing nurses’ competence in empowering discourse. Also an instrument to evaluate nurses’ competence in empowering patient education has been developed and it will be tested and validated nationally and internationally.

In this field, the evaluation of the educational competence of nurses is also connected with the ProComp -project, measured by Nurse Competence Scale (Meretoja 2004). In this part, the educational competence is analysed among graduating nursing students, and in the early years of career. This part is collaborative between six European countries, and coordinated by the University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science.

Studies

Competence of Empowering Patient Education

Principal investigator: Heli Virtanen, University Teacher, post doc researcher, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
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Research project focuses on the evaluation of competence in empowering patient education. Empowering patient education is not only giving and getting information, but it should be mutual dialogue between a patient and nurse demanding nurses’ high competence. New learning and teaching methods are needed in nursing education and nurses’ in-service training for developing nurses’ competence in empowering patient education.

The project includes the two sub-studies:

Study 1

Competence in empowering patient education

Aim of the study is to evaluate nurses’ competence in empowering patient education

  • Descriptive study on realization of empowering patient discourse and discussion of emotions in the discourse 2019 – 2020
  • Descriptive study on development and assessment of usability of an e-learning program for nurses on Empowering Discourse in patient education
  • Intervention study on nurses’ competence in empowering patient education 2020 – 2022

Study 2

Developing and testing an instrument for evaluation of competence in empowering patient education (CompEPE)

Aim of the study is to develop and test an instrument for evaluation of competence in empowering patient education.

  • Health care workers’ competence in empowering patient education 2019 – 2020

Publications:

Virtanen, H. (2015). Nursing Students’ Learning about an Empowering Discourse in Patient Education (doctoral dissertation).

Nurses’ patient education competence in supporting empowerment of patients with sleep apnea

Principal Investigator: Taina Heinonen, doctoral candidate, MHSc, RN
Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
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Supervisors: Helena Leino-Kilpi, Professor, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku and Turku University Hospital
Heli Virtanen, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
Medical expertise supervised by Docent Adel Bachour, Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Helsinki University Hospital

The aim of this two-phased study is to evaluate nurses’ patient education competence and patients’ empowerment in CPAP initiation and first follow-up control and evaluate if there is a difference between them.

Phase 1) A literature review: Describe nurses’ patient education competence
Phase 2) Nurses’ patient education competence in supporting empowerment of patients with sleep apnea evaluated in surveys
Part 1) Nurses’ patient education competence in supporting empowerment of patients with sleep apnea in CPAP treatment initiation with structured questionnaires and
Part 2) Nurses’ patient education competence in supporting empowerment of patients with sleep apnea in the 1st CPAP treatment follow-up control with structured questionnaires.

The significance of the research
Nursing in sleep apnea need more support due to increased patient amount. Obstructive sleep apnea has personal, societal, public health and legal implications (Morsy et al. 2019). Resources are limited in the public health system to treat and follow up effectively all sleep apnea patients. Public health system cannot respond all the patients’ expectations. Nurses’ role is important to support empowerment of patients with sleep apnea in life at home. Health care system could save resources, as time and money, if the patients are empowered and they need less support from the public health system.
The study results could be used to develop nurses’ patient education competence in supporting empowerment of patients with sleep apnea during CPAP care pathway. Empowering patient education in sleep apnea has not been researched earlier and the new information is needed to support patients’ empowerment with sleep apnea. The results can be used as suggestion for developing nurses’ education to support patients’ empowerment in sleep apnea.

ProComp project

Please visit the main website of project: Professional Competence in Nursing