What is it about?

This study sought to investigate the effects of prompting on post-partum women’s education engagement (time from assignment to completion) while testing the feasibility of staff nurses assisting in research. A quasi-experimental design was used. Staff nurses were used to assist with the research process. Women who attended higher education were engaged in their post partum health education more quickly than those who did not. This was statistically significant.

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Why is it important?

Nurses provide the majority of state required post partum health education and knowing the post partum woman's education attainment prior to birth may help nurses to facilitate the viewing of state mandated education videos. This is especially true or women with no higher level education who may need more assistance.


This study also demonstrated the ability of staff nurses to safely help with the research process of identifying potential participants, consenting volunteer participants, and delivering an intervention while performing patient care on a mother/baby unit within a healthcare system. No adverse events were reported by the staff nursing during this project.

Dr. Pamela C Spigelmyer
Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA

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This page is a summary of: Educating Post-Partum Women: Interventions to Improve Engagement, Clinical Nursing Research, May 2021, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/10547738211018316.
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