Research Article
Volume 2 Issue 4 - 2020
Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Nursing Process among Nurses in Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria
Vincent CCN*
Department of Nursing Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Vincent CCN, Department of Nursing Science, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
Received: January 24, 2020; Published: March 12, 2020




Abstract

The nursing process, upon introduction by North American Nurses Diagnosis Association (NANDA) has proved to be a means of standardizing nursing care and in maintaining professional autonomy. However, despite its benefits, many nurses are yet to fully understand and put to practice the nursing process. This may have led to poor patient care and outcome; and it is the basis for this study which assessed the knowledge, attitude and practice of nursing process among nurses in Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Imo State. A cross-sectional descriptive survey design with a sample of one hundred and thirty nine (139) selected through a cluster and purposive sampling techniques was employed for this study. The target population comprised of all the 214 staff nurses working as a permanent nursing staff of Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu. Self-constructed/administered questionnaires were used to collect quantitative data and analysis of findings was done using frequencies and percentages and presented in tables. Findings from the study showed that although the nurses at the hospital had good theoretical knowledge and positive attitude towards the use of nursing process however, they did not apply it in the care of their patients. There are several challenges to this lack of application including inadequate staff, work overload, management's inability to provide the needed materials among others. It was recommended that the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria should embark on regular seminars, workshops and symposia focused on practical implementation of the nursing process in Nigeria. Health facilities should recruit more staff nurses and the nurses should be advised to apply nursing process while caring for patients in the ward.

Keywords:Knowledge; Attitude; Practice; Nursing Process; Nurses

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Citation: Vincent CCN. “Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Nursing Process among Nurses in Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria”. EC Nursing and Healthcare 2.4 (2020): 10-16.

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