Effectiveness of the Continuing Professional Training on the Performance of Nurses at the Accident and Emergency Units of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi

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An accident or an emergency (A/E) is an injury or illness that is acute and poses an immediate risk to a person‟s life or long term health (Amoah et.al.2011). The policy statement of the Ministry of Health A&E Services, 2011 states that all health facilities shall provide Accident and Emergency (A&E) Services. These A&E services must be manned by competent and committed healthcare professionals. The hospital management is to ensure that all those working in the A&E unit have training in emergency care such as: 1. Basic Life Support 2. Advance Cardiac Life Support 3. Recognition and management of the critically ill among others This study was conducted to know the effectiveness of continuing professional training on the performance of nurses at the A&E unit of KATH in Kumasi. It was a cross-sectional survey quantitative. The study was conducted among 268 nurses working at the A&E unit. A convenient method sample was used to select the A&E unit nurses. Bivariate analyses showed that the level of education of the A&E nurses influenced their participation in training programmes (p=0.001). Participation in training was highest among respondents with first degree. However, Gender, age, rank, position, years of experience in nursing and the number of years at the A&E unit did not influence participation in training programmes. vii The A&E unit nurses‟ perceptions about the improvement of performance by training programmes were however influenced by their gender and level of education. About 86.2% of the female respondents as against 95.3% of the male respondents believed that the training at the A&E unit has led to an improvement in their performance (p=0.043). However, more effort is needed to put in post-training evaluation by employing supervisors to go round the units periodically to monitor if performances are improved and that if there are enough equipment to work with after the training. Also, more opportunity should be created so that every health staff could participate in the training.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department Of Community Health (SMS) Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of MPH Degree In Health Services Planning and Management, 2014