Impact of Assertiveness Training on Improving the Coping Skills of Selected Nurses in a Nigeria Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital

Bayo L. Ajibade, Musa A. Adeleke, Adeolu, Ejidokun, Zacheus O. Oyewumi


Background: Psychiatric mental health nurses are confronted with daily responsibility of interacting with patients with stress. They need to understand the meaning of their own stress before they could use the strategies to assist the patients with stress under their care. Therefore, this study aimed at evaluate the impact of assertiveness training on coping skills of selected nurses working in Yaba, psychiatric hospital, Lagos. Methodology: The study setting was the psychiatric hospital, Yaba, Lagos. It was among psychiatric nurses with the study population of 60 (2 did not complete the training) therefore the sample size was 58,data were collected using standardized tests of coping skill inventory, Assertiveness inventory and viginettes. Results: The result showed that a significant change was found in level of assertiveness responses and coping responses of the subjects before and after the training.Conclusion: It was concluded that assertiveness training impacted significantly on coping level of the subjects. It was revealed that the assertiveness training helped nurses to communicate and be more tolerant to their patients in different situations.

Keywords: Impact, coping skills, viginette, improving, neuro-psychiatric Hospital, Yaba.

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