Journal article

Nursing perceptions of the importance of blood glucose monitoring in hospital wards

RD Barmanray, LM Rowan, J Tsan, AE Dodds, K Long, D Heinjus, M Kyi, S Fourlanos

British Journal of Health Care Management | Mark Allen Group | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background/Aims Diabetes mellitus is increasingly prevalent among hospital inpatients. Management requires regular blood glucose monitoring by nurses, yet research into nurse perceptions of glucose management importance is lacking. Methods A 5-point Likert-scale survey was administered to 718 nurses at an Australian tertiary centre. Nurses were predominantly from acute medical wards (57%) and in the first decade of their career (66%). Results The six tested aspects of glucose monitoring were perceived as important by the majority, but the importance of timely management of abnormal glucose was rated lower by clinical nurse educators (4.33 vs 4.70, P=0.019) and by nurses with 5 or more years ..

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