Knowledge Regarding Assessment of High Risk Neonates among Nurses Working in Selected Hospitals of Rupandehi

  • Anuja Kachapati Universal College of Nursing Sciences, Bhairahawa
  • Shristi Sharma Sanjeevani College of Medical Sciences, Butwal



Introduction: There is need of early assessment and high quality nursing care for high risk neonates to reduce morbidity and mortality. Knowledge assessment is the pivotal step in assessing the status of patients' care given by the nurses. Researcher sought to assess level of knowledge regarding care of high risk neonates among nurses in selected hospitals in outreach Nepal.

 Materials and methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted to find out the knowledge regarding assessment of high risk neonates among fifty five nurses selected through non probability enumerative method. The data was collected by using self- administered semi-structured knowledge questionnaire and was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics with SPSS software version 16.

 Results: The findings of the study revealed that more than half (58.18%) of the nurses had high level of knowledge regarding assessment of high risk neonates.

 Conclusion Based on the study findings, it is concluded that more than half of the respondents in the study had high level of knowledge regarding assessment of high risk neonates. Beside this, the respondents have good knowledge pertaining to predisposing factors, diagnostic tools, initial clinical assessment, preventive measures, management of high risk neonates and definition of preterm, post-term, low birth weight neonates. Respondents had low level of knowledge for clinical characteristics of small for gestational age neonates as well as clinical parameters of high risk neonates. Hence, there is utmost need to give in-service education to the nurses in order to achieve the quest to improve their knowledge relating to care of high risk neonates. 

Keywords: Assessment of high risk neonates, knowledge, nurses


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