Australian bariatric nurses: What do they do and what do they need?

Bogiatzis, Marina, Wicking, Kristin, and Birks, Melanie (2020) Australian bariatric nurses: What do they do and what do they need? Collegian, 27 (4). pp. 422-429.

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Background: Metabolic/bariatric surgery is the surgical treatment of obesity and obesity-related comorbidities.

As one of the most obese nations in the world, the demand for continuing professional development (CPD) in this specialty is growing, however, it is unknown what form and content of education this group of specialist nurses need.

Aim: This quantitative descriptive study sought to define metabolic/bariatric nursing practice in Australia and to identify the professional development needs of metabolic/bariatric nurses in Australia.

Methods: A total of 37 metabolic/bariatric nurses from across Australia responded to an online survey. Data gathered enabled researchers to describe the demographics of the nurses, daily tasks in their nursing role, current education needs, their previous education, and their current learning needs.

Findings: This study confirmed there is a gap in available education for metabolic/bariatric nurses in Australia. A third (n= 10, 32 %) of metabolic/bariatric nurses did not attend any relevant Continuing Professional Development in the last 12 months. All 34 were requesting more postgraduate education opportunities.

Conclusion: Australian Metabolic/bariatric nurses are asking for more education to achieve the Continuing Professional Development required for nursing registration, so they may provide the specialised evidence-based care that metabolic/bariatric patients require. This study provides a list of favoured education topics and preferred modes of education delivery. The results from this study may be used to: assist in the development of education for metabolic/bariatric nurses at the workplace, conference and university level; and supports research on the specialised practice of metabolic/bariatric nursing.

Item ID: 64065
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-7575
Keywords: Bariatric surgery, Continuing education, Nurses, Nurse specialists, Metabolic surgery, Obesity
Copyright Information: (C) 2019 Australian College of Nursing Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2020 07:43
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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