Assessment of Therapeutic Nutritional Knowledge of Jordanian Nurses
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2013, Pages: 142-148
Received: May 1, 2013; Published: Jun. 10, 2013
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Naseem M. Al-Shwaiyat, Department of Clinical Nutrition, College of Applied Health Sciences in Arrass, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Areej B. Sinjillawi, Division of Nutrition, King Hussein Medical Center, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
Abdallah S. Al-Rethaiaa, College of Applied Health Sciences in Arrass, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Alaa-Eldin A. Fahmy, College of Applied Health Sciences in Arrass, Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
Riyad M. Al-Saraireh, Division of Nutrition, King Hussein Medical Center, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
Mohammad M. Aqel, Division of Nutrition, King Hussein Medical Center, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
Sabal M. Al-Hajjaj, Division of Nutrition, King Hussein Medical Center, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
Alaa S. Al-Sbou, Division of Nutrition, King Hussein Medical Center, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Amman, Jordan
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Abstract
Nurses have a great contact with hospitalized patients and play an important role in their nutritional management. The current research is a cross-sectional survey, carried out in Al-Hussein Hospital, King Hussein Medical Center, Amman, Jordan, to study the level of therapeutic nutritional knowledge of Jordanian nurses. Two hundred and fifty registered nurses were invited to participate in this study; all of them were Jordanian of the Arabian ethnicity and were selected by simple random sampling method. Of those, two hundred nurses agreed to participate giving a response rate 80%. Data were collected by self-reported questionnaire of 31-items which its validity and reliability were established. We found that the mean correct-response rate for therapeutic nutritional knowledge of Jordanian nurses was suboptimal (58.8%). Moreover, the therapeutic nutritional knowledge related to diabetes (71.6%) was relatively higher than those related to obesity (59.0%) and cardiovascular diseases (54.9%). Woman nurses scored significantly higher correct-response rate for cardiovascular diseases-related therapeutic nutritional knowledge than men (56.6% vs. 51.9%). Twenty out of 31 questions were answered correctly by more than 50% of the nurses. The findings suggest an urgent need to improve the curricula of undergraduate nursing courses regarding the nutrition issues and to promote postgraduate continuing educational programs concerning therapeutic nutrition.
Keywords
Assessment, Therapeutic, Nutritional Knowledge, Nurses, Jordan
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Naseem M. Al-Shwaiyat, Areej B. Sinjillawi, Abdallah S. Al-Rethaiaa, Alaa-Eldin A. Fahmy, Riyad M. Al-Saraireh, Mohammad M. Aqel, Sabal M. Al-Hajjaj, Alaa S. Al-Sbou, Assessment of Therapeutic Nutritional Knowledge of Jordanian Nurses, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013, pp. 142-148. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20130203.18
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