The pediatric outpatient department is a complex and stressful environment. The sense of helplessness and uncertainty felt by family members combined with the demands on staff can easily stretch the emotions of all and lead to nurse-patient/family member/management conflicts which can indirectly lead to a high turnover rate of nurses in the workplace (1,2). At present, the loss of nursing talent has increased the cost of personnel training in Xiangyang No. 1 People’s Hospital, resulting in a decline in the level of clinical nursing care. Although our country has introduced a variety of laws, regulations, and policies to protect medical staff, it is still difficult to maintain a stable health care workforce. A shortage of nursing staff is still the biggest problem in the development of Xiangyang No. 1 People’s Hospital management and nursing quality, and how to reduce nurse-patient conflicts and the turnover rate of nurses requires urgent attention (3-5). Pediatric patients may be unable to communicate details of their conditions for a variety of reasons, which may result in poor reliability of the information of their health history and more difficulties in nursing assessment, further increasing demands on hospital nursing care (6,7). The humanistic care teaching model is patient-centered and can greatly satisfy the psychological and physical demands of patients during hospitalization, with obvious treatment efficacy, effectively improving nursing comfort, reducing the incidence of clinical adverse events, minimizing the occurrence of nurse-patient conflicts, and promoting the nursing care to a higher level (8). We sought to further analyze the effect of the humanistic care teaching model on nurse-patient conflicts in the pediatric outpatient department and the turnover intention of nurses at Xiangyang No. 1 People’s Hospital.
We present the study in accordance with the CONSORT reporting checklist (available at https://dx.doi.org/10.21037/tp-21-214).
We selected 68 nurses working in the pediatric outpatient department of Xiangyang No.1 People’s Hospital from September 2018 to September 2019 and randomly divided them into an experimental group (n=34) and control group (n=34). This study is two-parallel assay.
(I) Nurses had the Practicing Nurse Certificate of the People’s Republic of China. (II) Nurses worked in the pediatric outpatient department of Xiangyang No. 1 People’s Hospital. (III) This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Xiangyang No. 1 People’s Hospital, and the nurses were informed of the purpose and process of the study and signed informed consent documents. The study was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in 2013).
(I) Nurses did not work in the pediatric outpatient department. (II) Nurses could not complete humanistic care teaching model training. (III) Nurses had previously received the relevant training.
In the control group, the nurses received a traditional pediatric nursing teaching model. Those who had worked in pediatric practice for more than 6 years were selected to teach clinical theoretical knowledge on pediatrics through courseware, conduct training on clinical practice skills, organize nurses to watch videos, perform demonstrations, and explain the operation essentials. In addition, the teachers also shouldered the responsibility to carry out related practice and provide explanations and demonstrations targeted at practice content with high error rates (9,10).
In the experimental group, the nurses were subject to a traditional pediatric nursing teaching model combined with the humanistic care teaching model. Based on potential nursing risks in the pediatric outpatient department and the concept of clinical nursing care, rational teaching goals were set. Nurses had to fully understand the concept of nursing care before teaching commenced, then teachers comprehensively imparted the relevant knowledge of the humanistic care teaching model and delivered the essence of clinical nursing, which was also the process of showing care for children. In addition, the teachers established nursing care scenarios through digital multimedia and simulation during the teaching process. Teachers prepared stories and videos about nursing care and integrated them into teaching practice. During practice, they also wrote various clinical cases and organized role play to improve the ability of nurses to deal with verbal communication and handling emergency situations through simulation treatment drilling. The teaching evaluation system was divided into two parts, of which 25% was formal evaluation including daily attendance, activity participation, and classroom performance, and 75% as final evaluation. Additionally, the elements of the humanistic care teaching model were included in the system, and the scoring points were quantified and refined to highlight the importance of humanistic care and raise the attention of nurses.
The clinical nursing ability of the nurses in both groups (primary outcome) after training was evaluated by adopting the Pediatric Nursing Staff Competence Scoring Scale made by our department, which included strain capacity, operational capacity, nurse-patient communication skills, autonomous learning ability, and teamwork ability, with each item scoring 10 points and higher scores indicating better working ability of nurses.
The professional identity of the nurses in both groups (primary outcome) was evaluated by adopting the Professional Identity Rating Scale For Health Nurses made by Xiangyang No. 1 People’s Hospital, which was divided into five scoring items, with a total score of 10 points and each item scoring two points and higher scores indicating better professional identity of nurses.
The turnover intention of nurses in both groups (second outcome) was evaluated with reference to the Turnover Intention Scale (11), which included the motivation to find other jobs, the possibility of acquiring outside jobs, and the possibility of quitting the current job, with a total score of seven points for each item and higher scores indicating a stronger turnover intention of nurses.
In the face of different conflicts, the problem solving ability of nurses (primary outcome) was evaluated by the Pediatric Standardized Nursing Language Assessment Scale made by our department, and the causes of conflicts included children patients’ factors, faults in work, charge factors, as well as unreasonable facilities and processes, with a total score of 30 points for each item. Higher scores indicated better ability to address nurse-patient conflicts.
Nursing satisfaction (primary outcome) was evaluated by the Nursing Satisfaction Questionnaire Of Children Patients proposed by the department, which included the items of waiting to see the doctor, health knowledge, ward environment, and nursing quality, with each item scoring a total of 15 points and higher scores indicating accompanying family members’ higher satisfaction with the clinical nursing received.
All the study data were processed and statistically analyzed by SPSS21.0 software, and GraphPad Prism 7 (Graphpad Software, San Diego, USA) was used to draw the picture of the data. Measurement data were expressed by () and tested by t-test and enumeration data were expressed as [n (%)] and tested by χ2 test. The differences had statistical significance when P<0.05.
Comparison of general information between the two groups
Comparison of abilities after training between the two groups
The strain capacity, operational capacity, nurse-patient communication skills, autonomous learning ability, and teamwork ability of the nurses in the experimental group after the training were significantly better than those in the control group (P<0.05), as shown in Table 2.
Comparison of professional identity before and after training between the two groups
The professional identity scores of nurses in both groups after training were significantly higher than those before training, and the scores in the experimental group after training were significantly higher than those in the control group (P<0.05), as shown in Figure 2.
Comparison of turnover intention between the two groups
The scores in the aspects associated with the motivation of nurses to find other jobs, the possibility of acquiring outside jobs, the possibility of quitting the current job, and the total scores of turnover intention in the experimental group were significantly lower than those in the control group (P<0.05), as shown in Table 3.
Comparison of conflict solving ability after training between the two groups
In the face of various conflicts, the problem solving ability of the nurses in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group (P<0.05), as shown in Table 4.
Comparison of clinical nursing satisfaction between the two groups
The scores in the aspects of waiting to see the doctor, health knowledge, ward environment, and nursing quality in the experimental group were significantly higher than those in the control group (P<0.05), as shown in Table 5.
Interpersonal interactions are thwart with conflict, and in a hospital setting this exists among doctors, nurses, and patients and their families. This is particularly so in the pediatric outpatient department where much anxiety and stress will exacerbate nurse-patient conflicts and adversely affect clinical treatment (12-14). As nurses play a crucial role in linking doctors and patients’ family members, they are the key players in addressing conflicts. However, because of the complexity of pediatric disease and dealing with patients and their families, a greater work pressure exists for pediatric nurses in comparison to other departments. When nurses face multiple work pressures and larger workloads, their ability to address conflicts reasonably is challenged, and improper handling of conflicts can reduce the sense of achievement felt by nursing staff, leading to higher turnover rates (15). The humanistic care teaching model is patient-centered and by focusing on the clinical practical demands of patients, can improve nursing comfort and accelerate disease rehabilitation. The model has been shown to be beneficial for pediatric nurses by promoting professional skills, improving nurse-patient communication ability, and avoiding nurse-patient conflicts (16-18).
Professional identity refers to the individual perception of career contents, goals, social values, and other factors. If this is consistent with the expectations and evaluation of the society, it means that the individual totally agrees with the career perception of other people or groups. Pancras et al. (19) have pointed out that professional identity is the basis for enhancing the professional quality of medical staff, and those with higher professional identity tend to have attained more job achievements. Our study found that the professional identity scores of nurses in the experimental group after training were significantly higher than those in the control group (P<0.05), suggesting that the humanistic care teaching model can improve the professional identity of pediatric nurses and reduce turnover rates. The caring ability of nurses is not innate and is gradually established based on an accumulation of experience (20-22). In this study, the humanistic care teaching model was established through setting teaching objectives and improving teaching methods, as well as teaching evaluation to guide pediatric nurses to improve nursing care ability and the quality of their care. In the teaching process, the most important thing is to create psychological resonance and emotional identity for nurses, and to improve their clinical problem solving ability by carrying out role-play and simulating real-life scenarios.
In this study, we confirmed that the ability of pediatric nurses to handle different nurse-patient conflicts after training in the experimental group was significantly better than that in the control group (P<0.05). Our results align with those of Wan et al. (23), who found that after nurses in a neurology department underwent the humanistic care teaching model, the scores of 12.38±2.31 points of their conflict solving ability when dealing with patients were significantly higher than the 8.24±2.07 points seen in a reference group. This shows the humanistic care teaching model can significantly improve the nursing-patient conflict solving ability of pediatric nurses, enhance their professional identity, and reduce turnover rates.
In conclusion, the humanistic care teaching model can effectively improve the professional identity of pediatric nurses, improve their problem solving ability to cope with various nurse-patient conflicts, and reduce turnover rates. This model is worthy of application and promotion in clinical nursing teaching.
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