Graduate School of Nursing
Dissertation Committee Chair
Situation awareness, licensed practical nurse, patient deterioration, clinical simulation
Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study was to describe situation awareness (SA) among licensed practical nurses (LPNs) working in direct patient care.
Specific Aims: The specific aims for this study are 1) to examine SA scores, as measured by the Situation Awareness Global Assessment Technique (SAGAT), in LPNs working in direct patient care and compare to published data on SA in registered nurses (RNs), 2) to examine the relationship between SA scores and years of LPN experience, 3) to examine differences in SA scores by type of workplace setting and 4) to describe the relationship between levels of satisfaction with simulation, as measured by the Satisfaction with Simulation Experience Scale (SSES) and SA scores among LPNs.
Framework: Situation Awareness Theory, as described by Endsley, was used as the framework for this study.
Design: A cross-sectional, descriptive design using the Situation Awareness Global Assessment Technique was used to gather data from a convenience sample of LPNs.
Results: LPNs (N=24) participated in the study and achieved an average SAGAT score of 72.6%. There were no differences in scores between those LPNs enrolled in an RN program and those who were not enrolled. Individual scores on the SAGAT were comparable or better than scores in a similar study of RNs.
Conclusion: LPNs in this study demonstrated adequate situation awareness.
Key Words: Situation awareness, licensed practical nurse, patient deterioration, clinical simulation
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Picone MC. (2020). Situation Awareness in LPNs: a Pilot Study. Graduate School of Nursing Dissertations. https://doi.org/10.13028/knrg-v796. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsn_diss/61