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PERCEPTION OF DOCTORS AND NURSES' TOWARDS THE NEED FOR NURSE COUNSELLORS IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS IN UNIVERSITY OF PORTHARCOURT TEACHING HOSPITAL, PORT HARCOURT NIGERIA
Date Posted: 12/Apr/2014
AUTHORS: 
Ugwu Florence C. BNSc, RN, RM
Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, 
College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt.
 
Ihiekwaba Ijeoma O. RN, PHD, FWACN
Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, 
College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt.
 
Ossai Kelvin O
Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, 
College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt.
 
INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL NURSING JOURNAL
January 2013
Volume 11 NO.1
Pages:63-67

ABSTRACT: The study assessed the perception of Doctors and Nurses towards the need for nurse councellors in hospital setting in the university of port harcourt teaching hospital Nigeria. The objectives were to assess the perception of doctors and nurses on the need for Nurse Counsellor in hospital setting, the effect of counselling on patient's recovery, identify whether or not status affects their perception and find out gender effects on their perception.

 
Data for the study was collected from 199 respondents comprising of doctors and nurses thruough the use of structured questionnaires. 
 
A purposive random sampling was used to select 199 respondents. Data collected were analysed using descriptinve and inferential statistical technique. The result showed that 87% of the respondents recognized the need for nurse counsellors, 78% agreed that making informed consent through counselling aids the patients' recovery.  There was no significant difference between the status and gender differene in the need for a counsellor. 
 
It was concluded that doctors and nurses have high positive perception on the need for nurse counsellor in hospital settings.

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