Care and Communication Competencies of Filipino Nurses Working in Libya
AbstractThe success of the health hierarchy in achieving its goals and objectives depends to a great extent on its human resources, particularly the nurses. The nurse’s background and training, competence, self- concept, sense of worth and attitudes toward work are vital factors in the attainment of the purposes of the institution. This study examined the care and communication competencies of Filipino nurses working in Libya. Specifically, it tackles the profile of the nurses in terms of age, sex, civil status, religion, highest educational attainment and length of service. Further, it also looked into the level of care and communication competencies of the respondents and the significant relationship between their profile variables. The descriptive survey method of research was utilized in gathering data. The frequency counts, percentages, average weighted mean and Pearson R Correlation were the statistical tools used in the analysis of data. The respondents are old, married, catholic, baccalaureate nurses who are more years in service. They are highly competent professionals in caring and communicating to their colleagues and clienteles. There is no significant relationship between the levels of care and communication competencies and their profile variables. There is a relationship on the communication and skills and attitudes of nurses towards nursing care. There are several factors that may affect the level of care and communication competencies of nurses working in Libya. The respondents of the study are old, mostly married, female, catholic, who finish baccalaureate degree holders and more years in service. Further, they are highly skilled in taking care and communicating professionals.Their levels of care and communication competencies are not linked to their profile variables. There is a strong relationship on communication and skills and attitudes of nurses towards nursing care. The conclusion reveals that Filipino nurses working in Libya are old, married, catholic, who finish baccalaureate degree holders, and more years in service. They are highly skilled in caring professionals and communicate well to their colleagues and clienteles. Their levels of care and communication competencies are not linked to their profile variables. There is a strong relationship on communication and skills and attitudes of nurses towards nursing care. A lot of factors may contribute to the care and communication competencies of Filipino nurses. The conclusion recommends that hospital administrators should encourage their staff to develop themselves professionally by pursuing their graduate studies to attain high level competencies and to gain up-to-date knowledge and skills related to their area of disciplines. Considering that nurse’s communication skills are influenced by their care skills and attitude, attendance to appropriate skills development and values development activities such as team building activities and self-transformation to sustain such status. Likewise, giving additional honorarium, economic rewards and incentives for these will motivate them and become more committed and dedicated in performing their work. The utilization of the proposed action plan is highly recommended to further strengthen the care and communication competencies of Filipino Nurses working in Libya. Lastly, similar studies should be conducted on the core values and organizational commitment using more variables and in a wider scope.
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