Public Health Nurses’ Knowledge and Use of Nursing Process for Documentation of Care in Southwest, Nigeria

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Authors : Odutayo Patience Omonigho


The use of Nursing process (NP) in documenting care has improved image of the Nursing Profession in developed nations. This study was therefore conducted to assess the knowledge and use of Nursing process for documentation of care among Public Health Nurses (PHNs).

A descriptive design was adopted in carrying out the study. Purposive sampling technique was used to select 40 PHNs. A questionnaire on Nursing Process was used to collect data. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Seventy percent of the participants have heard of NP. Major source of information was their schools of training. Sixty percent have had practical training on NP in schools. Only 10% have attended recent workshops on NP. All participants do not use NP in care of clients. Ninety- five percent had poor knowledge of the NP. Factors hindering the participants from using the NP were Non availability of NP forms, lack of proper training on the use of NP, busy schedule, shortage of staff and not mandated to use NP.

From the findings, it is clear that PHNs need more training, seminars / workshops on the use of NP. There is also need for more staffing, close supervision and provision of NP forms.

Keywords: Public Health Nurses, Knowledge, Nursing Process, Documentation


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