1. Leach , Catherine T.
  2. Bolin , Linda P.
  3. Swanson , Melvin S.
  4. Burch , Ashley E.
  5. Woltz , Patricia C.


BACKGROUND: Nurses are key in identifying and treating in-hospital strokes (IHSs). Delayed treatment times and poor patient outcomes are associated with IHSs. Information is needed on nurses' stroke knowledge and the objective measurement of stroke knowledge using a validated tool. The Acute Stroke Management Questionnaire (ASMaQ) was recently developed to test stroke knowledge of healthcare professionals but has not been used on a nursing-specific population. METHODS: Through online surveying and use of ASMaQ, we will measure stroke knowledge of nurses caring for adult, hospitalized patients in an urban, southeast US health system. RESULTS: Total N is 196. Most participants (74.5%, n = 146) never worked on a stroke floor; however, almost all (95.9%, n = 188) cared for a stroke patient in the past. Most participants (65.3%, n = 128) reported receiving prelicensure stroke education, and 98.5% (n = 193) received postlicensure stroke education. Acute Stroke Management Questionnaire total scores ranged from 93 to 133 (mean [SD], 117.35 [8.15]). Most participants scored in the good stroke knowledge range for all 3 ASMaQ domains and total ASMaQ score. CONCLUSION: The online delivery of the ASMaQ was successful in testing nurses' stroke knowledge, and nurses were shown to have good stroke knowledge. Future initiatives should focus on discerning whether certain nurse characteristics predict higher or lower levels of stroke knowledge to help inform educational initiatives to improve IHS outcomes.