Knowledge and Practices of Staff Nurses in the Care of Dying Pateints

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This study aimed to determine the knowledge and practices of staff nurses in the care of dying patients in one of the selected hospital in La Union. Specifically, it sought the profile of staff nurses along age, sex, years of experience, highest educational attainment and area of assignment and the level of knowledge and the extent of practice of staff nurses along physical needs, cognitive needs, emotional needs, social needs, and spiritual needs. Recommendations were formulated to enhance their level of knowledge and their extent of practice. 173 staff nurses in the hospital were involved. Questionnaires were used to gather data from July 2012 to August 2012. The study shows majority of the staff nurses are 20-24 years old, female, have 1 month- 1 year of experience, their highest educational attainment is registered nurse, and they are working in medical ward. The staff nurses from a selected tertiary hospital in La Union have a moderate level of knowledge in the care of dying patients along the cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of a dying patient. On the other hand, the staff nurses on the said hospital have a high level of knowledge in the care of dying patients along the physical needs of a dying patient. The staff nurses sometimes practice the standards in the care of dying patients along physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. On the other hand, the staff nurses always practice the standards in the care of dying patients along social needs. In the view of the study, the researchers then concluded that most staff nurses are novice or advance beginner on the nursing profession as evidenced by the result of the study that majority of staff nurses are 20-24 years old only. Profile of staff nurses along genders reveals that females still outnumber males in the nursing profession. Along years of experience in the profile of the staff nurses shows that majority of staff nurses that is working on the said institution only...
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