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This descriptive study aimed to explore nurses’ cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) knowledge and skills and to examine the relationships among attending cardiopulmonary resuscitation training
, current workplace and direct experience in performing or participating in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Data collection was done with 248 nurses who attended the CPR training allocated at Songklanakarind hospital. The questionnaires were developed by the researchers and used for collecting data which composed of three parts: 1) Demographic data 2) Nurses’ CPR knowledge and 3) Nurses’ CPR skills. The content validity of these questionnaires were examined and approved by three experts. The reliability by test-retest of the nurses’ CPR cognitive knowledge questionnaire reveled 0.80 and Cronbach’s alpha coefficient of the nurses’ CPR psychomotor skills reveled 0.92, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and reference statistics including Spearman correlation and Chi-square.
The results revealed the nurses’ CPR knowledge was at a low level whereas the level of nurses’ CPR skills was high. There were relationships among attending advanced CPR
training, direct experience in performing or participating CPR, and current workplace, and nurses’ CPR knowledge and skills (r s = .32, p < .001; = 8.40, p < .05; x = 42.87, p < .01; r s = .39, p < .001; x = 9.67, p < .01; x = 14.74, p < .01 respectively). However, attending basic CPR training had no relationship with both nurses’ CPR knowledge and skills.
The research results showed that advanced CPR training sessions need to be located continuously in order to improve the quality of nurses’ CPR knowledge and skills.