Doctoral Candidate Name: 
Ashley Burch
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Sugammadex is an effective and safe drug to reverse surgery induced neuromuscular blockade. However, the interaction of Sugammadex and hormonal contraceptives may lead to unintended effects in surgical patients who are using hormonal birth control. There is insufficient evidence regarding the effectiveness of online education among post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurses, who are responsible for delivering discharge education.

The purpose of the project is to examine the effect of a web-based education on PACU nurses’ awareness and knowledge about the interaction between Sugammadex and hormonal contraceptives.

We conducted a quasi-experimental study with pre-/post-test design. The study was conducted in a surgical center located in the southeastern region of the United States. A digital survey was given both prior to and following the online educational session. The effects of web-based education was examined by comparing the differences of the pre and post-educational survey knowledge scores.

Among 19 PACU nurses, their years of experience ranged from 0 to 33 years (M = 5.67, SD = 8.81, Mdn = 3). There was a significantly increased number of corrections between pre- and post-test from 4.37 ± 0.90 to 4.81 ± 0.40 (t = 2.52, p = .023).

The online education proves to be both feasible and effective in enhancing the knowledge of drug interactions among PACU nurses. This finding could contribute to the development of a standardized educational framework for ongoing drug education in nurses.

Defense Date and Time: 
Friday, December 1, 2023 - 10:00am
Defense Location: 
CHHS building, room 436
Committee Chair's Name: 
Dr. Lufei Young
Committee Members: 
Zhuo Job Chen, PhD. Scott Strassels, PharmD, PhD. Danielle R. Brown DNAP. Crystal Piper, PhD

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