NURSES’ PERFORMANCE REGARDING POST ABORTION CARE
Ahlam Mohamed *, Nadia Mohamed**, Randa Mohamed**
Maternal & Neonatal Nursing, Faculty of Nursing- Zagazig University* and Ain Shams University**.
Recent and anticipated future developments in post abortion services will continue to provide both challenges and opportunities for nurses practicing at every level. The need for organizational support and robust clinical governance mechanisms is fundamental to assist nurses who are individually accountable for their professional practice and to ensure their legal duty of care to clients is fulfilled. Aim of the study was to assess nurse's performance regarding post abortion care. A descriptive study was carried out at Ain Shams University Maternity Hospital and El Mansoura University Hospital. A convenient sample technique was used to recruit 112 nurses while caring for aborted women according to the determined criteria “different ages, educational level, working in recovery room in labor unit, inpatient gynecological word, and gynecological clinic”. Three tools were used for data collection. First tool was; a structured interview questionnaire sheet that consisted of two parts used to collect nurses’ sociodemographic characteristics, and their knowledge regarding post abortion care. Second tool was, observational chick list that used to assess nurses’ practices regarding post abortion care. Third tool was; opinionnaire sheet that used to assess women’s satisfaction from care they received regarding post abortion care. Results of the present study illustrated that 65.4%, 63.2%, 62.2%, and 59.3% of nurses had complete knowledge regarding duration of hospitalization, signs & symptoms of abortion, definition of abortion, and direct post abortion care provided to women respectively. Meanwhile, 87.5%, 87.8%, 80.4%, 68.4%, and 68.0% of nurses don’t follow up women after discharge, don’t support family, not counsel for family planning, nutrition, and self care respectively. The study concluded that quarter of nurses had complete knowledge regarding post abortion care. While, one fifth of them offer good post abortion care. Based on the results of this study, the following were recommended: Regular training program to build up nurses capacity related to comprehensive post abortion care.