Since the BKAT is being used in a wide variety of clinical settings, which specific questions are essential to know for that setting is decided by the nurse administering the BKAT.
The MED-SURG BKAT is being provided at cost to nurses who work in Medical/Surgical units, as a service to nursing and to the ministry that nursing represents.
These items measure content related to the following areas of nursing practice: cardiovascular (19 items), endocrine (12 items), renal (10 items), neurology (7 items), gastrointestinal/ parenteral (7 items), pulmonary (7 items), skin/wounds (5 items), and an ‘other’ category (21 items).
The category ‘other’ includes pain control (4 items), safety/falls (4 items), infection control (3 items); communication, emotional/spiritual care, and drug calculation (2 items each), and one item each in the following: Advanced directives, blood transfusion, hypothermia, and obesity.
A payment of .00 is requested to cover photocopying, postage, handling, and continued updating and validity and reliability testing.
Permission to use the MED-SURG BKAT and to photocopy it can be obtained by writing to: The initial version of the BKAT (BKAT-1) was developed for use in the adult intensive care unit and was co-authored by Jean C Toth, RN, MSN, CNS, Ph D, BCCC, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and Kathleen Ritchey, RN, MSN, CNS, formerly of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Washington, DC.
The average score for 284 Medical-Surgical nurses, on whom reliability was tested, was 66.3 points (75.3% correct answers) with a standard deviation of 6.7 points.
Whether or not an average score is considered to be a passing grade depends upon which specific questions are missed; for example, being able to prevent falls is recognized as critical to know in any nursing unit.
Note: If you want to use multiple computers to host OCS inventory NG management server, we recommend that you set it up on Linux servers. Deployment server needs any Web Server with SSL enabled. Administration console requires ZIP and GD support enabled in PHP in order to use package deployment.
An additional 7 items were written by the author and added to the test.
was supported through suggestions from the 10 member Panel of Experts in Medical-Surgical nursing practice and education. During reliability testing, additional construct validation was conducted, using the MED-SURG BKAT as a pretest and a posttest for18 new graduate nurses in two different internship/residency programs from Delaware (n=15) and Tennessee (n=3).
In addition, 121 potential new items were suggested by the Panel of Experts; the most appropriate of these, 28 (23.1%) were used.
Many suggested items were similar among the Panelists.