Assessing Nursing Proficiency in Nasogastric Tube Care Iraq Study Insights


  • Ramal Nasrdeen Muhamed Reshid Adult Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of Kirkuk, Kirkuk, Iraq
  • Younus Khdhur Baeez Adult Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of Kirkuk, Kirkuk, Iraq


JHealth risks, Nasogastric tube, Nutrition, Nursing practice


Nasogastric tube (NGT) care is integral in various medical settings, including critical care units, for relieving intestinal obstruction and providing nutritional support. However, there exists a gap in evaluating nursing practices regarding NGT care, particularly in terms of proficiency levels and adherence to established procedures. This cross-sectional study conducted at Azadi Teaching Hospital in Kirkuk aimed to assess nursing practices in NGT care from November 2023 to June 2024. Forty-two nurses were sampled using a purposive technique, and data were analyzed descriptively and inferentially. Results indicate a mixed proficiency level among nurses, with approximately half of the evaluated aspects falling into low to moderate proficiency categories. Notably, while theoretical knowledge was relatively strong, practical application lagged behind. These findings underscore the need for specialized training, continuous education, and robust quality assurance measures to enhance patient outcomes. Improvements in NGT care practices, including tube feeding administration, medication management, and removal procedures, can be achieved through targeted interventions aimed at bolstering nurses' skills and knowledge in this critical area.


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Reshid, R. N. M., & Baeez , Y. K. (2024). Assessing Nursing Proficiency in Nasogastric Tube Care Iraq Study Insights. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SYSTEMS AND MEDICAL SCIENCES, 3(3), 172–180. Retrieved from