Accession Number : ADA141352

Title :   Nurses' Assessment and Teaching Behaviors Regarding Breast Self-Examination with Reasons for Actions.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : Harris,P E

PDF Url : ADA141352

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : This study explored registered nurses' knowledge about breast self-examination (BSE) and breast cancer risk factors, frequency of determining clients' risk factors and knowledge and followup instruction with reasons for actions. The convenience sample consisted of 33 registered nurses caring for adult female clients in two secondary healthcare settings. Results of the study revealed that nurses identified an average 34.4% of the brest cancer risk factors, while 76.7% of the nurses identified the correct technique for performing BSE. Assessment of breast cancer risk factors and BSE instructional needs with followup teaching was never completed by 54.4% of the sample, while 33.4-39.4% reported they seldom perform these behaviors. BSE instruction was not provided the spouse or significant other by 90.9% of the nurses in the sample. The most frequent reasons reported for performance of client assessment and teaching were: client request, 30.3% and the nurses' feeling that clients should take responsibility for their own health, 18.2%. A conclusion which can be made as a result of the findings from this study is that BSE knowledge assessments and teaching is not a high priority for nurses in this sample when providing nursing care.

Descriptors :   *Nurses, *Teaching methods, *Mammary glands, Cancer, Risk, Questionnaires, Sampling, Instructions, Theses

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE