Volume 3, Issue 1-1, January 2015, Page: 54-60
Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Preoperative Visit: A Survey of Nigerian Perioperative Nurses
Danjuma Aliyu, Department of Nursing Services, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria
Ibrahim Taiwo Adeleke, Department of Health Information, Federal Medical Centre, Bida, Nigeria; Centre for Health & Allied Researches, Bida, Nigeria; Health Informatics Research Initiatives in Nigeria, Bida, Nigeria
Sunday Oluwafemi Omoniyi, Department of Nursing Services, Federal Medical Centre, Bida, Nigeria
Silas Kolo, Department of Nursing Services, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria
Oluwafemi Michael Odofin, Department of Nursing Services, Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti, Nigeria
Patience EssienEkaete, Department of Nursing Services, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria
Received: Dec. 20, 2014;       Accepted: Dec. 23, 2014;       Published: Jan. 3, 2015
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2015030101.18      View  3461      Downloads  545
Background: The notion of preoperative visiting has been in existence since the 1960s and its value and worth in relation to healthcare delivery has been debated consistently since the term preoperative-visit is often confusing. However, little is known about knowledge, attitude and practice of preoperative visits among perioperative nurses in Nigeria. Objectives: The study sought to determine knowledge, attitude and practice of Nigerian perioperative nurses towards the practice of preoperative visits and to identify barriers militating against the practice. Design: This is a countrywide cross-sectional descriptive survey. Results: One hundred and forty six Nigerian perioperative nurses among the conferenceattendees gave consent to participate in this study. Half of the participants- 70(50%) of the participants worked with tertiary health facilitiesand 71(52.2%) were from the conference host region (Southwest, Nigeria).The majority (97.3%) of the participants possess good knowledge of preoperative visit. Equally, 139 (96%)of them acknowledged that the practice of preoperative visit is very important to perioperative nursing careas well as to the teeming patients.About two-third (63%) of the participants reported that they practice preoperative patient visit while 53 (37%) did not. Ninety two (72%) of the participants stated that they often document their opinions during preoperative visits to patients. Major factors militating against the practice of preoperative visit include timing of the visits (89%) and work overload (66%). It is equally important to note that 27 (18%) of the participantsidentified shortage of perioperative nurses as a barrier to preoperative visit. Years of experience, workplace, age and professional rank were associated withthe practice of preoperative visit. Conclusion: Most perioperative nurses in Nigeria have formally acquired knowledge of preoperative visit. However, there is a notable gap between their knowledge and attitude towards it. Therefore, they require periodic reminder through continuing professional development programs on their responsibilities towards the recipients/beneficiaries of the perioperative nursing care.
Preoperative Visit, Perioperative Nurses, Perioperative Nurse Patient Review, Operating Room Nurses, Knowledge, Practice, Nigeria
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Danjuma Aliyu, Ibrahim Taiwo Adeleke, Sunday Oluwafemi Omoniyi, Silas Kolo, Oluwafemi Michael Odofin, Patience EssienEkaete, Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Preoperative Visit: A Survey of Nigerian Perioperative Nurses, American Journal of Health Research. Special Issue: Health Information Technology in Developing Nations: Challenges and Prospects Health Information Technology . Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2015, pp. 54-60. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.s.2015030101.18
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