Participation in a pulmonary assessment class and nurses' charting of pulmonary assessment data
The problem of this quasi-experimental research study was to determine if there was a difference in the charting of pulmonary assessment data on patients' admission records between medical-surgical nurses who participated in a pulmonary assessment class and those who did not participate in a pulmonary assessment class. Festinger's (1957) theory of cognitive dissonance and the concept of continuing education provided the conceptual framework for the study. Thirteen registered nurses constituted the convenience sample. The experimental group consisted of seven subjects who participated in a class of pulmonary assessment, while the control group consisted of six subjects who did not participate in the class. Charting of pulmonary assessment data on patients' admission records before and after the class was determined using the Pulmonary Assessment Charting Scale. Analysis of data yielded no statistically significant difference in the charting of pulmonary assessment data between the two groups.