Implementation of an educational program for nursing students amidst the Ebola virus disease epidemic

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Implementation of an educational program for nursing students amidst the Ebola virus disease epidemic

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Implementation of an educational program for nursing students amidst the Ebola virus disease epidemic

Date Last Updated (Year-Month-Day)

2018-01-08

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Ferranti, E. P., L. Wands, K. A. Yeager, B. Baker, M. K. Higgins, J. L. Wold and S. B. Dunbar "Implementation of an educational program for nursing students amidst the Ebola virus disease epidemic." 2016 Nov - Dec. Nursing Outlook 64(6): 597-603.

Abstract

Background The global Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic of 2014/2015 prompted faculty at Emory University to develop an educational program for nursing students to increase EVD knowledge and confidence and decrease concerns about exposure risk. Purpose The purpose of this article is to describe the development, implementation, and evaluation of the EVD Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) educational program. Methods Informational sessions, online course links, and a targeted, self-directed slide presentation were developed and implemented for the EVD educational program. Three student surveys administered at different time points were used to evaluate the program and change in students' EVD knowledge, confidence in knowledge, and risk concern. Discussion Implementation of a JiTT educational program effectively achieved our goals to increase EVD knowledge, decrease fear, and enhance student confidence in the ability to discuss EVD risk. These achievements were sustained over time. Conclusion JiTT methodology is an effective strategy for schools of nursing to respond quickly and comprehensively during an unanticipated infectious disease outbreak.

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