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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: February | Volume: 8 | Issue: 2 | Pages: 149-154

Knowledge and Skill of Newborn Resuscitation among Nurses Working in Maternity Ward

Pratima Gauro1, Abhilasha Saha2, Bimala Adhikari3

1Teaching Instructor, Birgunj Nursing Campus, Birgunj, Nepal
2Associate Professor National Medical College, Birgunj, Nepal
3Lecturer, Lalitpur Nursing Campus, Sanepa, Nepal

Corresponding Author: Pratima Gauro


Each year millions of neonates do not breathe immediately at birth and among them the majority requires basic newborn resuscitation. Competency in newborn resuscitation is critical in delivery rooms to ensure the safety and health of neonates. The objective of the study was to identify the knowledge and skill of nurses regarding newborn resuscitation. A descriptive cross sectional study design was used to identify the knowledge and skill of nurses regarding newborn resuscitation. Census method was used to select the participants. Total 86 nurses working in maternity ward of nongovernmental health institution of Parsa District were interviewed by using semi-structured interview schedule and skill was assessed by observational rating scale. The study findings revealed that 93% respondents had inadequate knowledge (<85% score) and 90.7% respondents had insufficient skill (< 85% score) on Newborn Resuscitation. The level of skill on Newborn resuscitation is statistically significant with total working experience (p=0.034), Working experience in maternity ward (p=0.028) and Newborn Resuscitation training (p=<0.001). Regarding correlation between knowledge score and skill score, the findings revealed that there was statistically significant positive correlation between the knowledge score and skill score of respondents regarding newborn resuscitation (p<0.0018). The study concluded that the knowledge and skill level of nurses on newborn resuscitation were inadequate and poor simultaneously and the knowledge score of nurses was significant positive correlated with skill score of nurses on newborn resuscitation.

Key words: newborn resuscitation, neonates, nurses

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