Intervention Development: Quick Response Code Implementation for Point-of-Care Training Needs in the Emergency Department


      The rise of a digital native generation of nurses entering the ED workforce prompts a need for targeted training resources to meet their needs and preferences. The purpose of this intervention was to (1) leverage Quick Response code technology to provide point-of-care information as it relates to high-risk, low-volume therapies, (2) improve staff nurse perception toward the ease of access to educational and training materials, and (3) improve staff perception of the adequacy of educational and training resources. Training videos ranging in length from 2 to 3 minutes were created and linked through Quick Response codes for smartphone scanning and affixed to relevant pieces of equipment. Nurses were asked to complete project-specific surveys before implementation (n = 20) and at 4 months postimplementation (n = 26). After the second project-specific survey, nearly all (96.2%) of the surveyed nurses described their ease of access to informational materials as extremely easy or somewhat easy. Approximately 93.7% stated yes to having adequate educational resources to meet their training needs, an increase of 50% in comparison with the first project-specific survey. There is a great opportunity to capitalize on the potential preferences of this younger, technologically savvy generation of nurses through Quick Response code implementation and point-of-care training to improve competency with high-risk, low-volume therapies. This intervention could also be tailored to many other aspects of nurse training and education in various settings.

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      Mallory Robalino is Registered Nurse, Northwell Health, Huntington, New York. ORCID Identifier: