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Title: Health Related Risks of Nursing Practice at Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Sekondi
Authors: Rhule, Henry Kobina Annan
Issue Date: 19-Jun-2012
Abstract: The health risk faced by nurses working at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital was evaluated amongst 140 nurses using a descriptive study. The questionnaire, examined the risks they were exposed to, the root causes, adequacy of control measures in place, appreciation of safety at work and health conditions suffered from work. Results show that most (88.6%) of the nurses at Effia Nkwanta hospital were below 50 years, 41.4% were professional nurses and 39% had more than 5 years of professional experience. Results indicated that factors contributing to risk at the hospital included pressure at work due to staff shortage (44.3%) and poor working environment (52.9%). Repetitive strain (80.7%), extreme pressure at work (73.8%), theft (36.4%), needle/sharp objects exposure (60.7%), contagious pathogenic agents (35%), unclean working environment (42.1%) and heat (37.9%) were some of the occupational risks nurses were exposed to. There were high incidence of fatigue (57.1%), infections (27.9%), musculoskeletal injuries (48.6%) and assault (38.6%). This study will help management to tackle the key risks to nurses at the hospital for their protection leading to a healthy nursing workforce.
Description: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science, June-2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5814
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