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A survey of Registered Nurses’ educational experiences and self-perceived capability to care for people with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder

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posted on 2024-05-02, 23:37 authored by A Cashin, A Pracilio, T Buckley, M Kersten, J Trollor, J Morphet, Virginia HowieVirginia Howie, K Griffin, NJ Wilson
Aims and Objectives: To survey the educational experience of Registered Nurses in Australia, at undergraduate, post graduate and continuing professional development levels. Background: It has been previously demonstrated that nurses feel unprepared to care for people with intellectually disability and/or autism spectrum disorder in mainstream clinical settings. Specific undergraduate pre-registration curricula content in this domain has been identified to be low in volume, and in the absence of any studies to determine it, it has been presumed that it has diminished over time. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of Australian Registered Nurses using a descriptive survey tool. Results: The level of education undertaken related to intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder has been consistently low across time and it predates the move from pre-registration hospital based training to the tertiary sector. A relationship was identified between the experience of education and self-reported preparedness, comfort and knowledge to care for people with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder. Conclusion: Increased educational preparation for nurses to care for people with intellectual disability and/or autism is indicated.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

47

Issue

3

Start Page

227

End Page

239

Number of Pages

13

eISSN

1469-9532

ISSN

0726-3864

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Acceptance Date

2021-08-31

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability