Malaysian nurses' skin care practices of preterm infants

Experience vs. knowledge

Zainah Mohamed, Jennifer Margaret Newton, Rosalind Lau

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-193
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Neonatal nursing
  • Nursing knowledge
  • Preterm infant
  • Quantitative
  • Skin care

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  • Nursing(all)

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Malaysian nurses' skin care practices of preterm infants : Experience vs. knowledge. / Mohamed, Zainah; Newton, Jennifer Margaret; Lau, Rosalind.

In: International Journal of Nursing Practice, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2014, p. 187-193.

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