2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

SNF Nurses’ Knowledge of Tracheostomy and Laryngectomy

Sienna Pace* and Georgia Gettys
Dr. Amy Teten and Dr. Julia D. Edgar, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this research is to determine knowledge and competency/comfort levels of nurses in skilled nursing and other long-term care facilities on knowledge of tracheostomy and laryngectomy patients. We will distribute a link to a survey via email to a cohort of nurses based on their work setting. The survey will address demographic variables such as years of experience, how long worked in the skilled nursing setting, coursework specific to laryngectomy and tracheostomy care. The survey will also address individuals’ competency/comfort level in caring for tracheostomized and larygectomized patients; knowledge of the components of a tracheostomy (inner versus outer cannula, cuffed versus uncuffed); and, accessories used by laryngectomy patient such as lary tube, Heat Moisture Exchange cartridge, Tracheo-esophageal puncture. Data will be analyzed for patterns in how certain demographic variables relate to comfort level/competency level. If they have worked in other settings, perhaps their comfort level will be higher.

Keywords: Tracheostomy , Laryngectomy

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-
Location: GEO - SUB

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