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This DNP project was conducted to identify gaps in knowledge and adequate preparation of nursing students in safely caring for a client who is behaving violently and is under the influence of illicit drugs. Student nurses are trained using a generalist approach, meaning they are taught the essentials of a variety of topics. It is not until these students enter the workforce that they are trained specifically for a certain position. Currently, the curriculum does not address specific measures to maintain client and personal safety. It is an almost unavoidable fact that a nurse will encounter a violent client or family member at some point in their career. Considering the lack of specific training in nursing school, this places the graduate nurse in a hazardous position. This cross-sectional descriptive correlational study sought to build upon and enhance the student nurse’s current knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy levels regarding safety measures while caring for a client who becomes violent and is under the influence of illicit drugs. A sample of 46 student nurses in their third semester of an Associate Degree Nursing program in rural Texas consented to participate in this study. An electronic survey was completed by the participants before and after viewing the interactive evidence-based educational video that described and demonstrated safety measures in caring for a violent client who is under the influence. The pretest knowledge scores (M = 2.6) revealed a gap in expected knowledge and self-efficacy level in safely caring for a violent client who is under the influence of illicit drugs. Following the evidence-based educational video, a significant increase in the self-efficacy scores (M = 4.6) was evident. The interactive evidence-based education video was effective in improving the participants’ mean self-efficacy scores in caring for a violent client who is under the influence of illicit drugs.
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Halford, Hunter William, "Reducing the Potential for Physical Harm in Student Nurses Caring for Clients Who Are Under the Influence" (2021). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 414.