Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2018 Dec;21(2):110-120. 10.7587/kjrehn.2018.110.

The Level of Performance, Frequency and Educational Needs of Nursing Activities in Long-term Care Hospital

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Hyejeon College, Hongseong, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, Korea. yeonok@sch.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Nursing, Gangneung Yeongdong University, Gangneung, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was to explore the level of core nursing activities performed by long-term care hospital nurses and to investigate the frequency and educational needs of major nursing activities.
METHODS
A cross-sectional descriptive research design was used. The subjects were 155 nurses working at seven long-term care hospitals in Korea. Data were collected in 2018 from September 15 to October 16 using a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using the SPSS program.
RESULTS
The mean age of nurses was 45.19±10.99 years and the mean career of long-term care hospital was 49.84±40.52 months. Monitoring activity was shown as the highest score in the performance level and frequency, whereas infection control received the highest score in educational needs. A scatter plot revealed that physical examination, respiratory care, wound care, communication and education showed overall high scores in the performance level, frequency, and educational needs. Emergency care and infection control were the activities that were performed less frequently but had high performance level and educational needs.
CONCLUSION
It is important to establish rules for requisite and delegable activities considering the performance level and frequency of nursing activities in long-term care hospitals in order to improve the quality of patient care.

Keyword

Long-term care hospitals; Core nursing activities; Duties

MeSH Terms

Education
Emergency Medical Services
Infection Control
Korea
Long-Term Care*
Nursing*
Patient Care
Physical Examination
Research Design
Wounds and Injuries
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