Effect of an intimate partner violence educational program on the attitudes of nurses

Anne M. Schoening, Jullie L. Greenwood, Jackie A. McNichols, Judith A. Heermann, Sangeeta Agrawal

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Objective: To examine the effect of an intimate partner violence (IPV) educational program on the attitudes of nurses toward victims. Design: A quasi-experimental study utilizing a pretest and posttest. Setting: An urban health care system. Participants: Fifty-two inpatient nurses completed both the pretest and posttest. Intervention: One-hour and 3-hour IPV educational programs. Main outcome measures: Change in attitude was determined by scores from the Public Health Nurses' Response to Women Who Are Abused (PHNR), a standardized questionnaire that measures nurses' reactions to an IPV scenario. Parallel forms, each with a different scenario, were administered before and 2 months after the 1-hour and 3-hour educational sessions. Scores were analyzed using a repeated measures analysis of variance followed by multiple comparisons with Bonferroni adjustments. Results: Nurses' PHNR scores increased significantly after attending the 1-hour session if they had previous IVP education and after the 3-hour session if they had no previous IVP education. Conclusion: Educational offerings should be tailored for nurses. For nurses with previous IVP education, offer a 1-hour update. For nurses with no previous IVP education, provide a 3-hour educational session. Further study is needed to determine if change in nurses' attitudes translates into improved screening, identification, and intervention for IPV victims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-579
Number of pages8
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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Nurses
Education
Urban Health
Public Health Nurses
Social Adjustment
Intimate Partner Violence
Inpatients
Analysis of Variance
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Delivery of Health Care

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  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Effect of an intimate partner violence educational program on the attitudes of nurses. / Schoening, Anne M.; Greenwood, Jullie L.; McNichols, Jackie A.; Heermann, Judith A.; Agrawal, Sangeeta.

In: JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, Vol. 33, No. 5, 09.2004, p. 572-579.

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Schoening, Anne M. ; Greenwood, Jullie L. ; McNichols, Jackie A. ; Heermann, Judith A. ; Agrawal, Sangeeta. / Effect of an intimate partner violence educational program on the attitudes of nurses. In: JOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 2004 ; Vol. 33, No. 5. pp. 572-579.
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