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CORRELATES OF THE LEGAL, QUALITATIVE AND SCIENTIFIC DIMENSIONS OF NURSING DOCUMENTATIONS IN THE PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND TERTIARY HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS
Dr. Chiejina E. N., Ph. D*
Legislation and standards of practice of Nursing profession require nurses to document the care they provide demonstrating accountability for their actions and decisions. This study focused on the correlates of the legal, qualitative and scientific dimensions of nursing documentations in the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary healthcare institutions. Purposive and simple random sampling techniques were used to obtain documented nursing actions for 264 clients in six health care institutions in Anambra State of Nigeria. One research question and three null hypotheses guided the study. Checklist on nursing documentation was used for data collection. Standard descriptive statistics on frequency distribution, means and standard deviation (SD) were used to summarize the variables. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to answer the research question. Analyses of variance (ANOVA) was adopted in testing the null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result revealed significant correlation between nursing documentation and preciseness of the documentation. Significant differences were also observed in the nursing documentations across the different levels of healthcare institutions with regard to the legal implications of the documentation, the impacts on quality assurance and nursing science respectively.[Full Text Article]