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Unit-based acute confusion resource nurse: an educational program to train staff nurses
The Gerontologist
  • C. G. Rapp
  • L. L. Onega
  • Toni Tripp-Reimer, University of Iowa
  • Paula Mobily, University of Iowa
  • B. Wakefield
  • M. Kundrat
  • J. Akins
  • K. Wadle
  • J. Mentes
  • Kennith R. Culp
  • J. Meyer
  • J. Waterman
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
PubMed ID
Despite the high prevalence of acute confusion among elders and the importance of its early detection, there are few reports of systematic efforts to increase staff competence. This article describes the development and evaluation of an 8-hour educational program designed to prepare staff nurses to perform in a new role, the unit-based acute confusion Resource Nurse (ACRN). Pre- and posttest scores were obtained for the 80 registered nurses who participated in the program. Paired t tests showed that knowledge and confidence significantly increased for participants as a result of their participation in the educational program. This program can serve as an effective model for geriatric staff education.
  • Acute Disease,
  • Clinical Competence/standards,
  • Confusion/nursing,
  • Curriculum,
  • Education,
  • Nursing,
  • Continuing/organization & administration,
  • Health Knowledge,
  • Attitudes,
  • Practice,
  • Hospital Units,
  • Humans,
  • Inservice Training/organization & administration,
  • Job Description,
  • Nurse Clinicians/education/psychology,
  • Nursing Staff,
  • Hospital/education/psychology,
  • Program Evaluation
Published Article/Book Citation
The Gerontologist, 38:5 (1998) pp.628-632.
Citation Information
C. G. Rapp, L. L. Onega, Toni Tripp-Reimer, Paula Mobily, et al.. "Unit-based acute confusion resource nurse: an educational program to train staff nurses" The Gerontologist Vol. 38 Iss. 5 (1998) p. 628 - 632 ISSN: 0016-9013
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