n Journal of Public Administration - Research findings : professional conduct by registered nurses in selected public hospitals in Limpopo province: a comparative study

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This research explores the problem of inadequacy in professional conduct by registered nurses in caring for post-laparotomy (undergone major abdominal surgery) patients. The discussion focuses on the degree of (in) efficiency in three levels which are; compliance, partial compliance and noncompliance in caring for post-laparotomy patients. The standards set by Muller (1999) in conjunction with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) address the following dimensions: knowledge, skills / competencies, scientifically-based care, recording, teamwork / networking, health promotion, therapeutic environment and accountability. However, comparing these standards may differ due to a variety of conditions in selected public hospitals e.g. staff composition / skills mix, stock and supplies, staffing situation, medication prescribed (availability), recording format, and supervision.

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