Interventional procedures in cardiovascular diseases-Training of nurses to work in a catheterization laboratory.


Chief Assistant Professor, Ruse University "Angel Kanchev", Department of Health Care, Faculty of Public Health and Health Care, Ruse, Bulgaria. Electronic address: [Email]


Cardiovascular diseases remain the most frequent reason for deaths in the Republic of Bulgaria and also in Europe for 2016. A large number of deaths in Bulgaria could be prevented via an effective health-care system and quality health services. The fast rate at which catheterization laboratories expand throughout the Republic of Bulgaria imposes the necessity of trained nurses in the field of interventional cardiovascular diagnostics and therapy. A postgraduate nursing training was conducted to help nurses acquire competencies for working in a catheterization laboratory. This study involved development and realization of a primary training program for nurses to work in catheterization laboratories, a didactical test for assessing the knowledge of nurses before and after the course, and a questionnaire for understanding nurses' opinion of the necessity of training and their satisfaction from taking part in the training course. An unsatisfactory level of knowledge was determined among nurses before participating in the course. In addition, significantly higher scores were obtained for skills and knowledge in the assessment conducted after the training process.

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