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This descriptive research was aimed at studying the level of competency of orthopedic nurses and the relationship between personal factors, level of education, experience in operating an orthopedic ward, receipt of specific training in orthopedic nursing care, lifelong learning factors and work empowerment factors of orthopedic head nurses with competency of orthopedic nurses in hospitals under the Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health. The participants were recruited by convenience sampling in 102 . The statistics used for analyzing the data were mean, standard deviation, chi-square, and Pearson’s correlation. The findings revealed the following: 1. “Orthopedic nursing competency” was high ( = 3.88). 2. “Experience in operating an orthopedic ward” and “specific training in orthopedic nursing care” was associated with “Orthopedic nursing competency” under the Department of Medical Services, (p = .05). At the same time, “level of education” was not associated with “Orthopedic nursing competency” under the Department of Medical Services. 3. “nurses’ lifelong learning” and “Work empowerment of head nurses” were moderately and positively correlated with “orthopedic nursing competency”, under the Department of Medical Services with statistical significance (p = .05), r = 0.697 and 0.364.
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