Presentation Title

Evaluation Tools for New Graduates in Rural Perinatal Nursing

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

PURPOSE: To explore practice gaps in rural perinatal nursing and examine existing tools for new graduate evaluation. This scoping literature review examines existing competency assessment tools for new graduates in the perinatal specialty with the goal of creating a new evaluation model to assess the competencies of perinatal practice in rural facilities. DESIGN: A scoping review exploring gaps in rural perinatal nursing around the world as well as tools that exist for nursing evaluation. METHODS: Literature was reviewed between the dates of January 2010 and February 2020 through EBSCO hosed databases (ie. SwePub, ScienceDirect, Academic search Compete, CINAHL…) and Google Scholar. The search strategy used MeSH and key words including rural, perinatal, nursing, evaluation, assessment, maternity, and single room maternity. The review was restricted to English language articles. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies were collected and organized into an evidence table. MAIN FINDINGS: Our interim search of the literature revealed primary and secondary qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies from eight different countries. The text focused primarily on RNs, midwives, and physicians. CONCLUSIONS: Interim findings suggest deficiencies in the quality of rural perinatal nursing due to staffing shortages and low birth quotas in functioning facilities. Further, evidence indicates that assessment tools play a valuable role in ensuring nursing competencies are met and maintained. Implications of this study advise the implementation of competence evaluation tools in perinatal practice areas to meet training needs and identify further gaps in knowledge.

Department

Nursing

Faculty Advisor

Katheryn Banks

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Evaluation Tools for New Graduates in Rural Perinatal Nursing

PURPOSE: To explore practice gaps in rural perinatal nursing and examine existing tools for new graduate evaluation. This scoping literature review examines existing competency assessment tools for new graduates in the perinatal specialty with the goal of creating a new evaluation model to assess the competencies of perinatal practice in rural facilities. DESIGN: A scoping review exploring gaps in rural perinatal nursing around the world as well as tools that exist for nursing evaluation. METHODS: Literature was reviewed between the dates of January 2010 and February 2020 through EBSCO hosed databases (ie. SwePub, ScienceDirect, Academic search Compete, CINAHL…) and Google Scholar. The search strategy used MeSH and key words including rural, perinatal, nursing, evaluation, assessment, maternity, and single room maternity. The review was restricted to English language articles. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies were collected and organized into an evidence table. MAIN FINDINGS: Our interim search of the literature revealed primary and secondary qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies from eight different countries. The text focused primarily on RNs, midwives, and physicians. CONCLUSIONS: Interim findings suggest deficiencies in the quality of rural perinatal nursing due to staffing shortages and low birth quotas in functioning facilities. Further, evidence indicates that assessment tools play a valuable role in ensuring nursing competencies are met and maintained. Implications of this study advise the implementation of competence evaluation tools in perinatal practice areas to meet training needs and identify further gaps in knowledge.