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Malaysian nurses’ skin care practices of preterm infants: Experience vs. knowledge

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  • Zainah Mohamed Master in Nursing Neonatal Cert RN,

    PhD Candidate, Lecturer, Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
    2. Nursing Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
    • Correspondence: Zainah Mohamed, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, P.O. Box 527, Building E, Peninsula Campus, McMahons Road, Frankston, Vic. 3199, Australia. Email: zmoh15@student.monash.edu

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  • Jennifer Margaret Newton PhD Ed.D Grad Cert Sci RN RM,

    Associate Professor Research
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
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  • Rosalind Lau PhD MPH MEdStuds BAppSci RN RM

    Research Fellow
    1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
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Abstract

This study sought to explore the impact of Malaysian nurses’ perceptions, knowledge and experiences in preterm infant skin care practices using a descriptive approach. Questionnaires were distributed to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses in one teaching hospital in Malaysia. A knowledge gap was revealed among nurses in both theoretical and practical knowledge of preterm infant skin. Nurses working for more than 5 years in NICU or having a Neonatal Nursing Certificate (NNC) were not predictors of having adequate knowledge of preterm infants’ skin care. The results highlight the complex issue of providing effective skin care to preterm infants. However, a specific finding related to nurses’ confidence provides some direction for future practice and research initiatives. Clear clinical evidence-based guidelines and Continuing Nursing Education on relevant topics of preterm infants’ care may provide the required knowledge for the nurses.

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