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TORRES ORUE, I.; RODRIGUEZ ALONSO, B.; JIMENEZ HERNANDEZ, A.I.  and  URANGA PENA, R.. Knowledge assesment of nurses about the management of neutropenia patients. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2010, n.20. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: To evaluate the nursing staff's knowledge about management of cancer patients with febrile neutropenia. Methodology: An observational descriptive study was carried out with 35 nurses of hospital centers in Havana city, from 2006 to 2008. A structured survey was designed and then applied, with previous consent, to the participating nurses. Results: Out of 35 nurses interviewed, 51.4% have their degree, 54.4% work in institutes, 57.1% perform assistance functions and 37.7% work in oncohematologic services. Work experience in this service is between one and two years. 68.5% of nurses know a lot about neutropenia, 25.7 % know a little, and 5.7 % do not know anything about the topic. Conclusions: The knowledge level was high in the majority, and it was associated with the precedent of having received postgraduate courses regarding Oncology and training from the nurses in the units where they work.

Keywords : Knowledge; Nursing; Neutropenia; Cancer.

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