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Malaysian nurses' skin care practices of preterm infants: experience vs. knowledge

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posted on 2014-04-01, 00:00 authored by Zainah Mohamed, Jennifer Margaret Newton, Rosalind Lau
This study sought to explore the impact of Malaysian nurses' perceptions, knowledge and experiences in preterm infant skin care practices using a descriptive approach. Questionnaires were distributed to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses in one teaching hospital in Malaysia. A knowledge gap was revealed among nurses in both theoretical and practical knowledge of preterm infant skin. Nurses working for more than 5 years in NICU or having a Neonatal Nursing Certificate (NNC) were not predictors of having adequate knowledge of preterm infants' skin care. The results highlight the complex issue of providing effective skin care to preterm infants. However, a specific finding related to nurses' confidence provides some direction for future practice and research initiatives. Clear clinical evidence-based guidelines and Continuing Nursing Education on relevant topics of preterm infants' care may provide the required knowledge for the nurses.

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Journal

International journal of nursing practice

Volume

20

Issue

2

Pagination

187 - 193

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

Chichester, Eng.

eISSN

1440-172X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

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