Implementing an Undergraduate Nursing Elective Advanced Perinatal Course and Its Effect on Perceived Perinatal Nursing Knowledge and Self-Efficacy Levels of Students Who Aim to Enter a Perinatal Specialty as New Graduate Nurses
Nursing schools face challenges within maternal/newborn practicum courses for undergraduate nursing students, such as a lack of consistent clinical sites or experiences that capture the high acuity ne..
Nursing schools face challenges within maternal/newborn practicum courses for undergraduate nursing students, such as a lack of consistent clinical sites or experiences that capture the high acuity needs of perinatal environments. Additionally, perinatal units face challenges in orienting and retaining new graduate nurses, while new graduate nurses entering perinatal units may be likely to experience feelings of insecurity or self-doubt due to perceived inadequate preparation for such specialties (Lesher et al., 2021). There are multiple negative impacts that may stem from a lack of confident and competent novice perinatal nurses. The rise in maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the United States are of particular concern, and knowledge gaps on behalf of novice perinatal nurses may result in the lack of skills and confidence in recognizing complications and intervening appropriately, potentially jeopardizing patient safety. The literature suggests that perinatal units face challenges in effectively orientating new graduate nurses, leading to burnout and financial burdens (Dickerson et al., 2022). Recognizing the potential benefits of improving preparation for students interested in entering a perinatal specialty as new graduates, such as improved patient outcomes and increased staff retention, this study aims to analyze the impact of an elective advanced perinatal course on student perception of knowledge and self-efficacy levels for those who aim to enter a perinatal specialty as a new graduate nurse. Content will be focused on advancing knowledge of normal physiologic birth, high-risk obstetrical and newborn considerations, obstetric emergencies, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, bereavement care, diversity/equity/inclusion care, and resiliency tips.