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J Educ Eval Health Prof > Epub ahead of print
J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2022; 19: 20.
Published online August 25, 2022.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2022.19.20
[Epub ahead of print]
Effect of a forensic nursing virtual education course on knowledge and clinical decision-making of master’s nursing students in Iran: a non-equivalent control group pre- and post-test study
Zeynab Firuzi1  , Mitra Sedghi Sabet2  , Fateme Jafaraghaee2  , Hedayat Jafari3  , Ehsan Kazemnezhad Leyli4  , Samad Karkhah5,6  , Mohammad Javad Ghazanfari7 
1Medical-Surgical Nursing Postgraduate Student, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery of Beheshti University, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
2Department of Nursing (Medical-Surgical), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
3Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Traditional and Complementary Medicine Research Center, Addiction Institute, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
4Department of Bio-statistics, Road Trauma Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
5Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
6Burn and Regenerative Medicine Research Center, Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Rasht, Iran
7Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran
Correspondence  Mitra Sedghi Sabet ,Email: mitrasedghisabet@gums.ac.ir
Editor:  Sun Huh, Hallym University, Korea
Submitted: May 23, 2022  Accepted after revision: August 2, 2022
Abstract
Purpose
Forensic nursing is a specialty in the nursing profession based on legal procedures. This study aimed to assess the effect of a forensic nursing virtual education course on knowledge and clinical decision-making among master’s nursing students.
Methods
In a quasi-experimental study with a pre- and post-test, 106 master’s nursing students at Guilan (n=65) and Mazandaran (n=41) Universities of Medical Sciences, Iran were enrolled. Data were collected using census sampling from March to April 2021. Participants in the intervention group received a forensic nursing virtual education course in three 90-minute sessions for 2 days.
Results
A total of 88 out of 106 master’s nursing students were enrolled in this study. The mean post-education score for knowledge in the intervention group was significantly higher than in the control group (12.52 vs. 7.67, P<0.001). The mean post-education score for clinical decision-making in the intervention group was significantly higher than in the control group (16.96 vs. 13.64, P<0.001).
Conclusion
The level of knowledge and clinical decision-making of master’s nursing students regarding forensic evidence improved after the forensic nursing virtual education course in the intervention group compared to the control group. Nursing managers and policymakers can develop appropriate strategies to improve the knowledge and clinical decision-making of nursing students by using forensic nursing education courses in the curricula of nursing programs, especially in postgraduate education as an elective or mandatory course.
Keywords: Clinical competence; Clinical decision-making; Forensic nursing; Iran; Nursing students
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