Master of Science (MS)
anaphylaxis, epinephrine, self-efficacy, school nursing, unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP), training program
This study evaluated a training program designed to prepare unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) in high school settings to recognize and respond effectively to an anaphylactic emergency. Subjects included 53 adults employed by a high school district in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. A training model was developed based on Bandura's theory of sources of self-efficacy. Knowledge and perceived self-efficacy of participants were measured before and after the training program to determine if a theory-based anaphylaxis recognition and epinephrine auto-injector training program would increase participants' knowledge and self-efficacy in responding to an anaphylactic emergency. Paired t-tests revealed significant improvement in scores for both knowledge and perceived self-efficacy following the intervention (p<.001). This theory-based training program offers a valuable model for other school nurses in providing knowledge and skill training for UAPs in other health emergencies.
Litarowsky, Jean A., "Evaluation of the Effectiveness of an Anaphylaxis Training Program for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel" (2003). Master's Projects. 866.