The effect of an educational intervention on the RN's Peripherally inserted central catheters knowledge, confidence, and psychomotor skill

J Nurses Staff Dev. May-Jun 2009;25(3):E19-27. doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181a5704d.


Care and troubleshooting of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are essential practices of all bedside nurses. PICC usage has increased over the past 5 years. Unfortunately, PICC education has not been encouraged for nurses despite this escalation. The authors examined the differences in staff knowledge, confidence, and psychomotor skills, with PICC care and troubleshooting before and after a focused PICC educational intervention. It was hypothesized that education would increase all of these components. A pretest, a posttest, a Likert scale, and a skill checklist were the tools used to assess the study participants. Study results revealed a significant increase in the nurse's PICC knowledge, confidence, and psychomotor skills. PICC educational programs are vital for nurses who care for and troubleshoot PICCs.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / nursing*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Educational
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Staff Development*
  • Task Performance and Analysis*