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The Faculty of Nursing holds a workshop

A discussion took place at the College of Nursing at the University of Kufa, a master’s thesis of student (Azhar Hamza Jaber) entitled (Nurses’ knowledge of nutritional status assessment in the Al-Najaf Governorate. A set of clinical, biophysical and biochemical procedures must be used to determine the nutritional status. (Locatelli et al 2002). In order to achieve the stated objective, a descriptive research was conducted from December 14, 2021 to July 30, 2022. To assess nurses’ knowledge by assessing nutritional status and determining the relationship between nurses’ knowledge and demographic information. The study was conducted in Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf hospitals. Specifically in the dialysis centers in Al-Sadr Medical City, Al-Hakim General Hospital and Al-Najaf Al-Ashraf Teaching Hospital. A non-probability (targeted) sample of 80 nurses working in dialysis centers was selected. A questionnaire was prepared by the researcher to assess nurses’ knowledge of nutritional status assessment (anthropometric measurement, biochemical variable, clinical evaluation, nutritional evaluation). The questionnaire was prepared by the researcher and built in two parts, the first part: demographic data: which consists of (6) items including age, gender, educational level, years of experience, participation in the training course related to nutritional status assessment and independently developed self-knowledge, and the second part: which consists of four Areas of nurses’ knowledge regarding assessment of nutritional status (ABCD). A- Anthropometric measurement, which consists of (25) items, B- Biochemical evaluation, which includes (25) items, C- Clinical evaluation, which consists of (15) items, which includes questions about clinical signs related to the evaluation of the case Normal and Abnormal Nutrition F- Diet assessment consisting of (15) items, which includes questions about common methods for assessing a patient’s nutritional intake.
The study concluded that there is a significant difference between nurses’ knowledge, age groups and years of experience at a p value of 0.05. The results of the study indicated that the highest age group represents about (36.3%) of the age group are (26-30) years old. The study sample also showed that (62.5%) of the sample size are females and (37.5%) are males. The highest percentage of the educational level of the study sample (38.8%) are the Nursing Institute and about (57.5%) for years of service from (2-8) years for the sample the study. The answer of the participants in the training course (71.3%) is the one who answered did not participate, while the nurses from the sample who develop their knowledge independently (60%) were through the Internet.
The study concluded that the degree of knowledge of assessing the general nutritional status of all nurses working in hemodialysis centers was weak.
The researcher recommends that the training and development units be geared towards the educational program (assessment of nutritional status) for all new and old nurses working in dialysis centers. In addition, the hospital establishment should develop a standardized tool for nurses’ periodic assessments of knowledge and behavior towards the practice of assessing nutritional status in dialysis centers. Because nurses are unable to identify nutritional issues for a patient and provide nutritional nursing care without this knowledge.

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