Authors: Maurice Lee B. Santos
Knowledge and understanding of Tuberculosis (TB) is essential in rendering quality care to all individuals, since Nursing is a profession of caring individuals from womb to tomb. This research is about the level of performance of staff nurses on their rendering care among TB patients in the wards. It is quantitative and comparative which covered 22 staff nurses and five head nurses from selected government hospitals in Quezon province. They were selected using purposive sampling. The profile of staff nurses includes gender, age, and length of service. The head nurses are all female and in their late adulthood. The study was conducted in Guinayangan Medicare Community Hospital, Maria L. Eleazar District Hospital, and Magsaysay Memorial District Hospital. The respondents answered the adapted questionnaires from the Orientation of Hospitals on Benchbook Self- Assessment and Accreditation Process Manual II 2005 of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation which was modified by the researcher into two questionnaires and were validated by experts. The questionnaire for staff nurses had a reliability result of 0.97 and 0.99 for head nurses respectively using Cronbach Alpha. Statistical treatments that were utilized includes: frequency and percentage, mean, standard deviation, and independent sample t-Test. The result elucidated that there was no significant difference in their perceived level of performance in rendering care among TB patients in the wards when their profiles were considered. It can also be concluded that there was no significant difference between the perception of the head nurses and the staff nurses on their level of performance in rendering care among TB patients in the wards. Moreover, enhancement program pertaining to Evaluation of Care, Access, and Assessment through trainings and seminars were included.
Keywords: Tuberculosis, Patient Care, Staff Nurses