Arun Saju, Nirmal Jose A


Legal responsibility in nursing practice is becoming of greater importance as each year passes. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their legal rights in the health care, therefore a nurse should know his/her legal rights. The aim of the study was to examine the knowledge level of staff nurses on the legal aspects of patient care. The objectives of the study were to assess the knowledge of staff nurses regarding legal aspects in patient care and to find the association between the knowledge score and selected demographic variables. A quantitative research approach was used with descriptive research design. The sample consist of 80 staff nurses and samples were selected by convenient sampling technique.  The data collected by using a structured knowledge questionnaire prepared by the researcher. The data collected were tabulated and analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.  The results showed that among the respondents 49% had poor knowledge, 44% of the nurses had average knowledge and 6% of staff nurses had good knowledge regarding legal aspects in providing patient care. Chi-square test showed that there is no significant association between knowledge score of the staff nurses and selected demographic variables. The results revealed that nurses had inadequate knowledge on legal aspects of health care and they need to enhance the knowledge through in service education


Knowledge, Legal aspects, Nurses, Patient care

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