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Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Department

Nursing

Thesis Committee Chairperson

Diane Ryan, PhD, FNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC, CNE, PHN-BC

Second Reader

Rosemare F. Colomaio, RN, MSN-CCM

Abstract

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) can have devastating consequences such as seizures and substance withdrawal delirium, so it is crucial for nurses to recognize alcohol withdrawal syndromes and start appropriate interventions in a timely manner to avoid further deterioration of the patient’s health, hospitalization risks and costs. The significance of this study is to allow health care providers, and other professionals in healthcare services to gain a better understanding about the withdrawal symptoms experienced by those recovering from AUD or those experiencing alcohol withdrawal. The PICOT question for this project is: For nurses at a detox facility and hospital in Punjab, India, does the use participation in an educational program on alcohol withdrawal syndrome improve their knowledge and confidence level when treating patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal, compared with nurses who do not participate in such an educational program? The proposed clinical change is an effective educational program presented to the participating nurses to increase their knowledge on the screening of and treatment for alcohol withdrawal syndrome, eradicate any stigmatized perceptions they may have of patients with AUD, and increase their confidence when caring for patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The desired outcome is a significant difference in the post survey scores of the experimental group compared to those of the control groups. This outcome will support implementing an educational program to improve nurses’ knowledge and self-efficacy levels when dealing with individuals suffering from alcohol abuse.

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