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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Professional nurses' perceptions regarding psychosocial needs in the context of a shortage nurses in orthopaedic units in East London, South Africa : nursing professional challenges

Supplement 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

This study explores the perceptions of professional nurses regarding psychosocial needs of both orthopaedic nurses and patients in the orthopaedic units in East London, South Africa. A quantitative, descriptive survey design was used and a convenience sample of 39 professional nurses working in orthopaedic units participated in the study. A semi-structured questionnaire with open-ended questions was used for data collection. The results showed that the majority of nurses were females approaching retirement age who were placed correctly in their clinical areas of interest. The psychosocial needs of orthopaedic nurses and patients in orthopaedic units were not properly met, which impaired patient care outcomes. Factors which included the shortage of nurses were identified as the cause of inability to meet psychosocial needs of both orthopaedic nurses and patients in orthopaedic units. The present study indicates that psychosocial needs of orthopaedic nurses and patients have been negatively affected by the shortage of nurses in orthopaedic units. Therefore, there is a need for the Eastern Cape Department of Health and the management of the East London hospital should intensify effort geared towards fulfilling the psychosocial needs of orthopaedic nurses and patients in order to promote quality patient care.

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2014-09-01
2019-10-18

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