A study to assess the knowledge on current trends in the treatment of cancer among staff nurses working in MGMC&RI, Puducherry
Kripa Angeline A, Dr. K Renuka, Nandhini M
Background: ôHealth is not everything, but everything else is nothing without healthö. Since many years, medical researchers has been on their way of finding treatment for many dreadful diseases which has been increasing because of modifying life-styles. Even now many diseases are prevailing only with palliative treatment. Among these cancer is a major one. Cancer is more than 200 diseases characterized by uncontrolled and unregulated growth of cells. Cancer is a disease that possess a threat to many aspects of life. It can occur in persons of all ages and ethnicities and is a major health problem.┬árn
Aim: The main aim of the current study was to assess the knowledge on current trends in the treatment of cancer among staff nurses in MGMC&RI, Puducherry.┬árn
Materials and Methods: Quantitative research approach was used for this study. The non-experimental design was used for this study. Total 60 samples were selected using purposive random sampling technique. The data pertaining to the level of knowledge of staff nurses regarding the current trends in the treatment of cancer.┬árn
Results: This study shows that only, 1(.06%) of B.Sc nurses low knowledge. 6(40%) of the B.Sc nurses has moderate knowledge. 6(40%) of the B.Sc nurses has good knowledge. 2(13.3%) of B.Sc nurses has very good knowledge. With regard to age 20(66.6%) of the staff nurses belongs to the age group of 20-25 yrs. Nearly 8(26.6%) belongs to the age group of 26-30.1(3.3%) belongs to the age group of 31-35 yrs and 36-40yrs. Among the 30 staff nurses 8(26.6%) of them were male and 22 (73.33%) were females. Regarding years of experience, 15(50%) of the staff nurses have experience below 1yr. 5(16.66%) were having 2 yrs of experience. 3(10%) were having 3 yrs of experience. 7(23.33%) having more than 4 yrs. Regarding the area of experience of nurses.16(53.3%) in Medical unit and 14(46.6%) in surgical unit. Regarding experience in oncology ward, none of the nurses have the exposure. Only the sex of staff nurses had an association with the knowledge on current trends in treatment of cancer.┬árn
Conclusion: The study conducted shows that the knowledge on recent trends in treatment of cancer is low in B.Sc Nurses. There is a need to improve the knowledge regarding recent trends in treatment of cancer, for which a learning aid is essential. The association of demographic variables like age, sex, educational status, years of experience, area of experience &experience in oncology has relation with the knowledge regarding treatment of cancer.
Kripa Angeline A, Dr. K Renuka, Nandhini M. A study to assess the knowledge on current trends in the treatment of cancer among staff nurses working in MGMC&RI, Puducherry. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 2, Issue 11, 2015, Pages 655-658