Second-year nursing students’ retention of gross anatomical knowledge
anatomy, knowledge retention, postsecondary education, nursing
Human anatomy and physiology are considered foundational courses in health related disciplines (Young et al., 2016). However, emerging evidence suggests that there is great difficulty not only in transferring fundamental anatomical knowledge to theory/clinical application but also a loss of knowledge over time (Doomernik et al., 2017; Easteal and Perry, 2018). Most of the knowledge transfer, loss and/or retention studies have been carried out in medical, physical therapy and chiropractic students, and this phenomenon has not yet been assessed in nursing students. This study seeks to determine the percent of anatomical knowledge retained by second year nursing students, and to determine which areas of anatomy have the greatest and lowest levels of retention.
Presented April 2019 at the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) Annual Meeting held in Orlando, Florida, USA.
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