Designing and Validating Standards of Nursing Practice in Radiology Department of El-Manial University Hospital
Elham Youssef Elhanafy1 and Touto Abdel-Hamid Ismail2
1Nursing Administration, Faculty of Nursing, Damanhur University. Egypt
2 Nursing Manager of Specialized Medical Center, Ministry ofHealth Egypt
Abstract: The standards of practice describe a competent level of radiology nursing care as determined by the critical thinking module known as the nursing process. The aim of this study was to design standards of nursing practice in radiology department at El Manial University Hospital, Cairo University. This cross-sectional descriptive operational study was conducted at the radiology department of El-Manial University Hospital. It involved 40 staff nurses, and a jury group of 24 nursing and medical faculty members and nursing administrators in the field of radiology. The data collection tools included an opinionnaire sheet for staff nurses, an opinionnaire form for validation, an observation checklist for staff nurses' performance, and structure inventory checklist for the settings. The study findings revealed majority agreement of nurses upon the importance of structure and process criteria of the standard, and 100.0% agreement upon applicability. Almost jury group members agreed upon the face and content validity of the proposed standard. Staff nurses' performance was generally low before dissemination of the standard, but showed statistically significant improvements after standards dissemination (p<0.001). The study settings were deficient regarding availability of mission or vision, or performance appraisal. In conclusion, a standard for nursing care in radiology department was developed and face and content validated. Its applicability was shown through observation of nurses' performance, and settings structure. It is recommended to apply the developed protocols in the study settings, with training staff nurses in its implementation. Quality improvement programs should be available in the radiology department to improve the quality of care provided.
[Elham Youssef Elhanafy and Touto Abdel-Hamid Ismail. Designing and Validating Standards of Nursing Practice in Radiology Department of El-Manial University Hospital. Life Sci J 2013;10(1):2036-2047] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Keywords: Radiology nurse, Protocols, Validity.