Analysis of the training effect of a nursing undergraduate course on the management of radiation-related health concerns—a single group experiment

Hiromi Kawasaki, Satoko Yamasaki, Natsu Kohama, Susumu Fukita, Miwako Tsunematsu, Masayuki Kakehashi

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Abstract

After the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, demands regarding nursing staff’s management of nuclear disasters have increased. This study aimed to evaluate a basic training program to teach undergraduate nursing students on how to deal with public anxiety following a nuclear disaster. We analyzed the data of 111 third-year nursing students attending a Japanese university. We set attainment goals in three domains (cognitive, affective, psychomotor) regarding their acquisition of consultation techniques for radiation-related health concerns. We compared pre-and post-class response scores on a knowledge test and calculated word frequencies in health consultation scenarios. The pre-class mean score was 12.2 out of 27 points and the post-class mean score (directly after the course) was 21.0, a significant increase (p < 0.001). The mean level of attainment in each of the three domains increased significantly from pre-test to post-test (p < 0.001). The variety and number of words in the health consultations also increased. Students attained the program goals for radiation-related health concerns in all domains. During disasters, there is a great need for nursing staff to administer physical and mental care to the public. This program was evaluated to be one wherein nursing staff can acquire fundamental knowledge about radiation in a short time.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7649
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume17
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 2
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Disaster
  • Evaluation of training
  • Nuclear disaster
  • Public health
  • Undergraduate nursing student

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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