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Assessment of Knowledge, Skills and Preparedness of Nurses on Management of Mass Casualty in University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital
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Volume 3, 2016
Issue 6 (November)
Pages: 48-52   |   Vol. 3, No. 6, November 2016   |   Follow on         
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Authors
[1]
Nelson Lola, Department of Nursing Science, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
[2]
Amina Abdulraheem, Department of Nursing Science, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
[3]
Inuwa Ahmadu, Department of Nursing Science, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
[4]
Robert T. Kever, Department of Nursing Science, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.
[5]
Gagare A. A., College of Nursing, Jalingo, Nigeria.
[6]
Fatsuma M. Abore, Maternal and Child Health Welfare Clinic, Biu, Nigeria.
Abstract
This study aimed at assessing the knowledge, skills and preparedness of nurses on management of mass casualty in University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, Nigeria. It was a descriptive survey study of 200 nurses selected by stratified random sampling technique from various wards/units of the hospital. Self-structured questionnaire was used to collect data from the nurses on the key aspects of the management of mass casualty. The instrument was pre-tested in Borno State Specialist Hospital and test retest correlation coefficient was 0.72. Permission was obtained from the ethical committee of the hospital, and unit Heads of the wards. The result revealed that, nurses in the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital have low knowledge but adequate skills, and was perceived to be psychologically ready for the management of critical mass casualty despite low knowledge. Development of a protocol and continuous education programmes for all working nurses was recommended to improve the level of preparedness in care of mass casualty.
Keywords
Assessment, Knowledge, Skills, Preparedness, Mass Casualty
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