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|Title: ||A critical exploration of surgical-oncology nurse’s perceptions of factors involved in decision making on postoperative wound management : a descriptive survey|
|Authors: ||Charalampous, Melanie|
|Scientific Field: ||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Scientific Field: ||Health Sciences|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||Hellenic Journal of Nursing Science|
|Abstract: ||Aim: To explore the Cypriots surgical-oncology nurse’s perceptions on postoperative wound management
and to identify factors involved in decision-making on this topic. The risk factors that influence the quality of
wound management were also explored.
Methods and design: A survey design was employed in combination with semi-structured interviews that was
undertaken between January-February 2009. A questionnaire was designed and distributed to all surgical
nurses of seven surgical wards in a Cyprus Hospital (132 nurses). Seven nurses were randomly selected and
interviewed.The completed questionnaires were coded and analyzed with the SPSS program.The interviews
were transcribed verbatim and analyzed manually with the use of thematic analysis.
Results: The absence of nurse’s up-to-date knowledge and the absence of wound care guidelines appear to
negative influence the postoperative wound care decision-making. Furthermore, the influencing role of the
doctors in deciding how to manage postoperative wounds is one of the factors that nurses identified as a
negative influence to their autonomy. Workload was identified as a major factor that influences the quality of
postoperative wound care and maximizes the occupational risks in nurse’s area of practice.
The nurses have influences which hindered them to make decision on postoperative wound management and
the findings are consistent with the relevant literature.The findings can become a useful tool for policy makers
and hospital administrators in order to find ways to improve postoperative wound care decision-making.|
|Affiliation: ||Cyprus University of Technology|
|Journal Type: ||Open Access|
|Appears in Collections:||Άρθρα/Articles|
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