The results indicate that there is no strong correlation to explain any variance between attitudes toward PR use in critical care and clinical experience in nursing in general, clinical experience in critical care, clinical decision making, and nursing practice issues with PR use. This sample of nurses’ mean scores on the CDMNS were higher than noted in previous research. A moderate correlation was found between clinical decision making processes and nursing practice issues with physical restraint use. There were no differences found in any of the Benner stages of clinical experience. Nurses at all of Benner’s level from novice through expert had no significant differences in their attitudes toward PR use. Nurses with more clinical experience were more likely to have been taught content about PR use in their basic RN nursing curriculum then those with less clinical experience.
The results of this study suggest that there is a need to include education related to PR use in current nursing curricula which can lead to better clinical decisions and improved overall patient care related to PR use in critical care environments.
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