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6th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 27-29, 2022 | Orlando, USA

October 27 -29, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA
NWC 2022

Caitlin Marion

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2022 - Caitlin Marion
OU Health, United States
Title : Providing education using innovation: Utilizing a qr code in the critical care environment


Purpose: Nurses in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit care for various diagnoses in a diverse patient population. Historically, clinical resource booklets have been used by nurses to quickly review clinical pearls for procedures and plans of care; however, they contained outdated information.  As such, nurses requested an updated resource. An innovative electronic resource was developed to meet nurses’ continuing education needs while reducing costs to the unit.

Description: An electronic survey to identify barriers to using the clinical booklet was distributed to staff. Barriers included outdated information and poor accessibility, with 85% of staff indicating that they would use an updated resource with improved accessibility. The education content was updated to reflect current practice. To address accessibility issues, an electronic resource accessible via quick response (QR) code was developed using a portable document format (PDF) and a digital landing page for the document. This resource provides just-in-time education and incorporates links to videos for enriched content. Utilizing QR codes in the clinical practice area provides contemporaneous access to necessary information using a learner-centered approach (Hirsch et al., 2020). Nurses access this resource by scanning a QR code on a badge buddy. It can be updated ad-lib by the nurse educator, free of charge while the QR code remains the same. This ensures perpetuity for QR code distribution among staff members and nurses from other departments. Staff can request content updates by accessing a form through the resource. This engages users with the content and ensures that updates are received by the nurse educator.
Evaluation and Outcomes: After implementing the new QR code, a second survey was administered. Results indicated that 100% of staff preferred the QR code to the booklet, with 82% of nurses utilizing the QR code. The survey indicated, however, that poor cellular service could prevent access to education materials. This barrier can be addressed by posting the link to the resource on the department intranet page, ensuring access regardless of cellular service. To date, the code has been scanned 106 times; however, some nurses had difficulty adjusting to the new resource, often forgetting that the information is available. Printing the QR code cost 81% less than printing booklets, demonstrating significant cost savings.


Caitlin Marion is an MSN-prepared nurse educator. She currently serves as a Nurse Education Specialist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and has bedside nursing experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, step-down pediatrics, and as a scrub/circulator in the Operating Room. Ms. Marion graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with her BSN. She received her MSN from Olivet Nazarene University in 2019 and is currently enrolled in Regis College’s DNP-Nurse Educator program.