Effect of Airway Management Education on Knowledge, Skill, and Confidence Levels

Airway assessment and management are crucial skills for nurses managing patients during critical situations; nurses are usually the first healthcare providers to identify a deterioration in patients’ health status. Proper airway management skills increase the chance of survival for a critical patient. Nursing students, however, may have limited exposure to clinical situations in which it is necessary to identify and manage a deteriorating patient leading to a lack of confidence in airway management. The purpose of this scholarly project was to evaluate the effect of an airway management educational module and low fidelity simulation experience on the knowledge, skill, and confidence level of senior student nurses attending AdventHealth (AHU) University Orlando. The design of this evidence-based practice initiative was quasi-experimental with convenience sampling. All 21 AdventHealth University senior nursing students in the Summer 2022 cohort were allowed access if they chose to view the educational content in Canvas prior to attending a simulation lab. This project used convenience sampling and all students were required to participate in a 20-minute pre-simulation educational module and a 30- minute low fidelity airway management simulation lab. However, assessments, such as a pre-test/ post-test, a skills checklist and a satisfaction and confidence questionnaire used to evaluate knowledge, skills, and confidence levels were voluntary and did not impact student grades.