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[This article belongs to Volume - 26, Issue - 02]

Nurses' Knowledges concerning to their Competency in Caring Stroke Patients at AL-Imam Al-Sadiq Teaching Hospital.

Cerebrovascular accident considered life-threating condition, ranked as second leading cause for death in the world. Assess nurses' competency in caring for stroke patients in term knowledge's. A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out from May 21st, 2023 to August 20th, 2023. The study sample consists of 140 nurses who were selected according to the non-probability sampling method. The questionnaire was validated by experts and its reliability was verified through a pilot study. Data were collected through self-report techniques and analyzed by applying descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The average age of participants ranged 25.29 years. The majority were females (58.6%), and held a nursing diploma (53.6%). Workplace distribution showed 36.4% in the emergency department, and 67.1% had less than 3 years of experience. Approximately 50% lacked specialized stroke care training. Nurses' competence in stroke care indicating that 47.1% had lower competency. Significant differences in knowledge were found across age, gender, education level, workplace, and training attendance (p< 0.05). The study reveals significant disparities in the competence of nurses caring for stroke patients, with nearly half exhibiting lower competency levels. Ongoing monitoring and tailored interventions are recommended to bridge knowledge gaps and maintain a higher standard of care among all nursing staff.