Nurse’s Knowledge and Practice of Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting Management amongPatients with Respiratory Malignancy - A Descriptive Study

Siti Maemunah, Cut Sarida Pompey

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify the nurses' knowledge and practice in prevention and management chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in patients with respiratory malignancy.

Methods: This research used cross-sectional design with cluster random sampling method involved 102 nurses. The sample was nurses in chemotherapy treatment ward at least have been work for one year. The instrument included nurse characteristic questionnaire, a questionnaire of knowledge and practice questionnaire about the management of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

Results: The results found the knowledge of nurses was in the range of quite good, and the practice was in the range of sometimes until often. The nurses’ knowledge was excellent in patient education and lack in assessment of nausea and vomiting. A frequent nurse’s intervention was collaboration in pharmacological therapy, and the non-pharmacological therapy implemented occasionally.

Conclusion: To maintain and improve nurses' knowledge and practice, it is necessary to promote continuous education or training, and placement of nursing staff according to their competencies. Further research is expected to use direct observation methods to investigate nursing care management of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.

Keywords: Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, management, nursing knowledge, and nursing practice

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