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International Journal of Advances in Nursing Management
Year : 2016, Volume : 4, Issue : 3
First page : ( 259) Last page : ( 263)
Print ISSN : 2347-8632. Online ISSN : 2454-2652.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2652.2016.00057.3

Knowledge and Practice among Staff Nurses regarding Body Mechanics

Jayakrishnan K.*

Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, Dept. of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

*Corresponding Author's Email: kjayakrishnan@soauniversity.ac.in

Online published on 12 January, 2017.


A descriptive study with cross sectional survey approach was undertaken to find the extent of knowledge and practice among the staff nurses with OT, ICU and ward experience in IMS AND SUM hospital. The objectives of the study were to assess the knowledge and practice of body mechanics among staff nurse and to find out the association between demographic variables with knowledge and practice of staff nurses working in IMS and SUM hospital.

Hundred staff nurse were selected by purposive sampling technique and data was collected from the staff nurses who were in age group of 22–25 years, 87% of female and 49% staff nurses with diploma in nursing, 84% of them staff nurses, 54% with ward experience and 38% with 0–1 year of experience.

The extent of knowledge in these 100 staff nurses are shown as, with the help of frequency and percentage to be, 42% staff nurses are having moderate and good degree of knowledge, 14% of excellent, 2% of staff nurse with slight knowledge. The extent of practice in 100 staff nurses are shown as the percentage is 71% to be moderate, 18% of staff nurse having mild practice and 11% of staff nurse having excellent practice.

The association between demographic data and knowledge revels that knowledge is significantly associated with the gender, educational qualification, position, department of service and year of service. Rest of the other socio demographic variables are having is no significant association.

The association between practice and demographic data characteristics reveals that practice is significantly associated with age, department of service, year of service; and rest are not showing any significant association.


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