The Effects of E-Learning Education on Advanced Pressure Sores Care for Clinical Nurses

Monday, July 11, 2011

Wei-Fang Wang, RN, MSN1
Jen-Ru Chen, MSN2
Ju-Jen Chiang, RN, BS2
(1)Education Center, School of Nursing (Doctoral Student), National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Tainan, Taiwan
(2)Nursing Department, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to know the application and evaluation of an e-learning on advanced pressure ulcer education program

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to understand the participants' change and satisfaction after an e-learning education program on complicated pressure ulcer


This study is to establish an e-learning education on advanced pressure sore care (APSC) for clinical nurses, to help them to improve their APSC performance. The main purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects on the knowledge of APSC, the satisfactions on this education program.


 A quasi-experimental study was conducted from July 2009 to June 2010. There were 115 nurse staffs agreed to participate study. The intervention group (n=68) received e-learning APSC education by self learning and the control group (n=68) received regular APSC education. Data was collected before and after the intervention to examine the education programme effects. The effects of education were evaluated by APSC Knowledge Scale (APSCKS) and APSC E-learning Satisfaction Scale (APSCESS). The validity and reliability of the questionnaires were tested. The data show participants’ demographic data, knowledge level and satisfaction condition by percentage, mean, standard deviation. Meanwhile the effects of education and compare group were tested by paired-t, Chi-Square, and one-sample t.


 The results indicated no matter which group there were significantly increased participants’ APSC knowledge (control group: t=-13.06, p< .001; experimental group: t=-9.22, p< .001). It showed the traditional and web-based teaching pressure sore care both were effective promotion colleagues in the cognition of pressure ulcers care. Compare the 2 groups pre-test baseline there was no significant difference (t = -0.219, p >. 05). The results of control group post-test was higher than the experimental group (t = 2.635, p < .05). However, the comparison difference between pre-test and post-test there was no significant difference (t = 1.861, p > .05).


 The satisfaction of e-learning APSC education was 92.3%. The result of this study suggests that e-learning education will apply to APSC & other topic of the nursing staff in-service education curriculum.