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NNJ. 2017; 6(1): 33-35

The knowledge regarding new born care among staff nurses and nursing students in Narayana Medical College Hospital, Nellore.

Ms. J. Usha Rani, Ms. N. Subhashini.

INTRODUCTION: The essential care of newborn for normal healthy neonate can be best provided by the mother under supervision of nursing personnel or basic primary health care providers. The normal term babies should be kept with their mothers rather than in a separate nursery. Bedding in or rooming in promotes better
emotional bondage, prevents cross infection and establishes breast feeding easily. Mother participates in the nursing care of the baby and develops self confidence. Immediate basic care of neonates includes that maintenance of temperature, establishment of open airway, initiation of breathing and maintenance of circulation. OBJECTIVES: To assess the level of knowledge regarding newborn care among staff nurses. To assess the level of knowledge regarding newborn care among nursing Students. To find out the association between the knowledge regarding newborn care among staff nurses with selected socio demographic variables. To find out the association between the knowledge regarding newborn care among nursing students with selected socio demographic variables Quantitative approach- Non-experimental descriptive Research design was adopted.Non probability convenience sampling technique was used to select 15 staff nurses and 15 nursing students. RESULT:6.6% of staff nurses and 13.3% of nursing students had inadequate knowledge, 26.7%of staff nurses and 40% of nursing students had moderately adequate knowledge, and 66.7 % of staff nurses and 46.7% of nursing students hadadequate knowledge, CONCLUSION:The Study findings concluded that majority of staff nurses and nursing students have adequate knowledge regarding new born care. Furthermore practice to nursing students required for delivery of quality new born care.

Key words: knowledge, new born care, staff nurses, nursing students

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