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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of nurses in Amhara region Referral Hospitals, Northwest Ethiopia, 2017 (N = 331)

From: Knowledge, attitude and associated factors towards end of life care among nurses’ working in Amhara Referral Hospitals, Northwest Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Responses Frequency (N = 331) Percentage
Institution/hospital Hospital 1 185 55.9
Hospital 2 96 29.0
Hospital 3 50 15.1
Age 23–30 years 225 68.0
31–40 years 90 27.2
> 40 years 16 4.8
Sex Male 145 43.8
Female 186 56.2
Religion Orthodox 260 78.5
Muslim 40 12.1
Protestant 31 9.4
Monthly income (ETB) ≤ 5000 102 30.8
> 5000 229 69.2
Marital status Never married 205 61.9
Married 123 37.2
Divorced 3 0.9
Level of education Nursing diploma 45 13.6
Bachelors in nursing 272 82.2
Masters in nursing 14 4.2
Current working area Medical 50 15.1
Surgical 36 10.9
Outpatient department 60 18.1
Pediatric 61 18.4
Post anesthesia/recovery 10 3.0
Intensive care unit 4 1.2
Ophthalmology 11 3.3
Emergency room 29 8.8
Obstetrics and gynecology 36 10.9
Operation Theater 24 7.3
Central Supply 10 3.0
Years of working experiences in nursing ≤ 5 years 230 69.5
6–10 years 77 23.3
11–15 years 11 3.3
> 15 years 13 3.9
Experience in caring chronically ill patient Daily 153 46.2
Once per week 78 23.6
Once per month 48 14.5
Few times per year 4 1.2
Never 48 14.5
Experience of care for a dying family member Yes 107 32.3
No 224 67.7
In-service training about End of life Yes 62 18.7
No 269 81.3
  1. ETB Ethiopian Birr