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FACTORS MILITATING AGAINST NURSES’ HEALTH ASSESSMENT (HA) PRACTICES IN RENDERING QUALITY CARE

Project Topic: Factors Militating against Nurses’ Health Assessment (HA) Practices in rendering Quality Care to Hospitalized Patients in Presbyterian Joint Hospital (PJH) Uburu, Ebonyi State


ABSTRACT

The ability to assess patients is one of the most important skills of nursing, regardless of practice setting. This study was undertaking to examining the nurses’ practice of health assessment of patients in Presbyterian Joint Hospital (P.J.H), Uburu. There research question guided the study. Literature related to this study were adequately reviewed and also summarized. Descriptive research design was adopted to elicit base-line information in the respondents’ natural setting. The sample for the study are 60nures of PJH. Structured questionnaires were the main instrument used for data collection. The instrument was validated by the project supervisor for its face and content status. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics of frequency and percentage the finding revealed that: majority of the respondents (63%) practiced health assessment mostly daily or during admission while other carryout health assessment throughout hospitalization and when it is necessary. (36.7%) (table 4.5). lack of instruments, shortage of nursing staff, patient’s non-compliance and language barriers were difficulties (militating factors) nurses encountered during health assessment of patients (table 8). Recommendations were made for the appropriate practice of health assessment to improve quality of care given to patients. Pertinent among which include; inculcating health assessment in the routine nursing schedule so that deviation from normal could be easily identified, provision of adequate equipment/instrument for easy health assessment.

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

1.1  Background of the study

1.2  STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

Health assessment has been given little or no attention with in frame work of caring for patients in nursing practice. The issue of health assessment is been neglected by nurses in various wards of the hospital which has resulted to serious complications of diseases in patients.The researcher has observed with dismay these problems during his clinical experience. Hence, it is on the basis of rendering quality nursing care to patients to achieve their quick recovery which will enhance the image of nurses. These motivated the researcher to warrant ascertaining the factors that militate against nurses’ health practice in rendering quality care to hospitalized patients in Presbyterian Joint Hospital (PJH), Uburu of Ebonyi State.

1.3  PURPOS OF THE STUDY

The major purpose of this study is to find out the factors militating against nurses’ health assessment practice in rendering quality care to hospitalized patients in Presbyterian Joint Hospital PJH, Uburu.

OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

  1. Determine whether PJH nurses practices health assessment of patients.
  2. To identify the factors that hinder/militate against the practice of health assessment among nurses in PJH, Uburu.
  3. Ascertain whether nurses’ year of experience affects the practice of health assessment of patients.

1.4  SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

This study will be beneficial to patients in the hospital, community, nursing profession and health care system at large and if recommendations are observed, assessment of patients health provides:

  • Information that is critical to be development of a plan of action that can enhance personal health status.
  • Reduction in the severity potential of chronic condition.
  • Assistance to the individual in gaining health status and also in recovering from illness.

1.5  RESEARCH QUESTIONS

  1. Do nurses in PJH practice health assessment of patients?
  2. What factors hinder or militates against the practice of health assessment in PJH in Uburu?
  3. Can nurses’ year of experience affect their practice of health assessment of patients at PJH, Uburu?

1.6  SCOPE OF STUDY:

This study is delimited to nurses working in Presbyterian Joint Hospital, Uburu only.

1.7  OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS:

Factors: Event (circumstances) that brings about result.

Militating against: Hindering

Health assessment: A nurse’s evaluation of sick individuals.

Practices:  Means performance

Nurse: A person who is qualified to take care of patients, usually in hospital settings.

Patients: A person who is sick or is receiving treatment in a hospital.

Quality care: Attention that meets the patients needs.

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