Heart sound simulation: how useful for critical care nurses?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Forty critical care nurses participated in a 2-hour teaching program using a heart sound simulator to increase skill in recognition of heart sounds. Mean test scores increased 10 points from the pretest to the first posttest (t = 11.9, p = 0.0001), and this increase was maintained on the second posttest 3 weeks later. Medical intensive care unit and coronary care nurses scored higher than the other critical care nurses. There was a low correlation between recognition of sounds and years of critical care experience. The correlation between the subjects' self-rating of knowledge of heart sounds and their actual skills was also low. These findings suggest that a similar teaching program might be useful for critical care nurses.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Harrell, JS; Champagne, MT; Jarr, S; Miyaya, M

Published Date

  • March 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 197 - 202

PubMed ID

  • 2318661

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-3288

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-9563


  • eng