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Technology and Health Care is intended to serve as a forum for the presentation of original articles and technical notes, observing rigorous scientific standards. Furthermore, upon invitation, reviews, tutorials, discussion papers and minisymposia are featured.
The following types of contributions and areas are considered:
1. Original articles:
Technology development in medicine: New concepts, procedures and devices associated with the use of technology in medical research and clinical practice are presented to a readership with a widespread background in engineering and/or medicine.
Significance of medical technology and informatics for healthcare: The appropriateness, efficacy and usefulness deriving from the application of engineering methods, devices and informatics in medicine and with respect to public health are discussed.
2. Technical notes:
Short communications on novel technical developments with relevance for clinical medicine.
3. Reviews and tutorials (upon invitation only):
Tutorial and educational articles for persons with a primarily medical background on principles of engineering with particular significance for biomedical applications and vice versa are presented.
4. Minisymposia (upon invitation only):
Under the leadership of a Special Editor, controversial issues relating to healthcare are highlighted and discussed by various authors.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Blood sampling is frequently used in health to evaluate diagnosis and treatments. The first blood drawing is most important skill for nursing students. Nursing students gain these skills during their first years of education. OBJECTIVE: To identify the self-confidence and self-efficacy levels of first year nursing students when performing taking blood on their peers for the first time. METHODS: The sample (n = 70) of this descriptive and cross-sectional research comprised first year nursing students. The research was conducted in two stages; theoretical training and laboratory work…and students’ first taking blood on their peers. A Student Information Form, Blood drawing Skill Practice Evaluation Control Form, Self-Confidence Scale, and General Self-Efficacy Scale were used for data collection. Percentage calculations and the Mann-Whitney U test were used for data analysis. RESULTS: The total mean score of the students’ self-confidence was 130.09 ± 15.94 (Min = 91, Max = 157), and total mean score of self-efficacy was identified as 31.71 ± 3.92 (Min = 20, Max = 39). No statistically significant difference was detected between the students’ sex and high school type regarding self-confidence and self-efficacy total mean scores (p > 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: It was observed that students’ self-confidence and self-efficacy levels were high when performing taking blood on their peers for the first time.
Keywords: Blood drawing, nursing students, self-confidence, self-efficacy, skill training
Abstract: BACKGROUND: High-fidelity simulation (HFS) as a teaching-learning method has increased, especially in medical programs. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of using HFS on the satisfaction, self-confidence, self-efficacy, and knowledge of undergraduate students in oncology care. METHODS: A pre-test post-test quasi-experimental design was utilized. Random sampling technique was used to recruit the participants. The scenarios including septic shock and infusion reaction were implemented. The training program including lectures and the simulation was run in a high fidelity simulation lab. RESULTS:…There was a significant difference ( t = - 5.95, p = 0.001) between the experimental group ( M = 13.95, S D = 3.35) and the control group ( M = 6.25, S D = 2.65) regarding knowledge, confidence ( t = - 22.75, p = 0.001) between the experimental group ( M = 61.25, S D = 12.10) and the control group ( M = 38.50, S D = 6.20), satisfaction level t = - 18.25, p = 0.001; experimental group – M = 42.25, S D = 4.25; and control group – M = 28.50, S D = 3.15), and there was a significant difference between the experimental group ( M = 35.50, S D = 3.25) and control group ( M = 24.25, S D = 2.85) regarding self-efficacy ( t = - 13.25, p = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: High-fidelity simulation in nursing increased student knowledge, self-confidence, satisfaction, and self-efficacy in managing septic shock and infusion reaction as common oncology emergencies.