International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 6, Issue 6, Part F (2020)
Knowledge and practice of staff nurses regarding nursing care of patients; on mechanical ventilator
Critical illness is a life threatening event that disturbs the full system of an individual. About 80% of patients in intensive care units are reported to require mechanical ventilation, and nursing care of patients receiving mechanical ventilation has become increasingly important, including nurse-led weaning of ventilator patients. With the right knowledge and right skills, nurses can reduce the risk of complications, decrease the length of time in the hospital stay and improve patient outcome. Patients on mechanical ventilator are totally depended on nurses. So the nursing personnel have a major role to play in sustaining the lives of the patients by meeting health requirements.
Methods: The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge and practice of staff nurses regarding care of patient on mechanical ventilator and find the correlation between the knowledge and practice. Survey approach was used in the study. A sample of 110 staff nurses who met the inclusion criteria and who are working in the mentioned hospitals of Guwahati were selected using simple random sampling technique.
Result: The study results showed that majority i.e. 61.82 percent of the respondent had ‘Moderately Adequate knowledge’, followed by 30.0 percent with ‘Adequate knowledge’ and only 8.18 percent had ‘Inadequate knowledge’ regarding nursing care of patients on mechanical ventilator. Results of the association between knowledge of the staff nurses and selected demographic variables showed that there is significant association between knowledge of the staff nurses and years of working experience. Results of correlation showed that there is a positive correlation between knowledge and practice of the staff nurses regarding nursing care of patients on mechanical ventilator.
How to cite this article:
Deepsikha Kakoty, Rashmita Devi. Knowledge and practice of staff nurses regarding nursing care of patients; on mechanical ventilator. Int J Appl Res 2020;6(6):340-342.