Knowledge attitudes and practices of registered nurses on scientific nursing research at the Kenyatta National Hospital

Author: Mukthar, Vincent Kiprono

Awarding University: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Level : MSc

Year: 0

Holding Libraries: University of Nairobi Medical Library ;

Subject Terms: Nurses ; Nursing ; Research ; Attitude surveys ;

Pages: 54

Advisors: Karani A K/Odhiambo EA


Scientific Nursing Research is defined as the systematic process of investigating phenomena related to nursing with the aim of adding to the nursing body of knowledge, to improve practice and for better health care outcomes (Endrawes, 2000). This was a descriptive cross-sectional study aimed at assessing the knowledge, attitude and practice ofRNs on Scientific Nursing Research at the Kenyatta National Hospital. The study was undertaken-in 36 weeks, sample selection was by both stratified and convenient sampling. Data collection instrument was Structured Questionnaires. The findings were summarized, and presented in form of tables, graphs, and pie charts. Data analysis was done using Chi Square test of significance. The study findings indicate that whereby most of the RNs had been introduced to basic research concepts during training, only a minority (23%) had undertaken research, which corresponded with the percentage that undertaken update course. Over 50% of the respondent had positive attitudes and over 50% agreed that the factors hindering the access to research are lack of funds, lack of time and lack of supportive authorities. It was also established that only 30% had used research findings in their practice. In conclusion, most of the registered nurses are knowledgeable and have positive attitudes towards research. Though most of them exude confidence in performance of research, their practice is limited by factors of access to research e.g. funds, time and supportive authorities. The RNs use of research findings in their practice and attendance of update courses in research is wanting. The factors that significantly influenced the practice of research include ward placement, professional training background and attendance of update courses.