Aim: The aim was to assess nurses' knowledge and practice regarding educational needs for patients with leukemia.
Design: A descriptive cross-sectional design.
Methods: Two tools were used for data collection, namely as self-administered questionnaire and an observation checklist. The study was conducted at the Oncology and Hematology Department in Zagazig University Hospital.
Sample: Convenience sample of 30 nurses with the only inclusion criterion of having at least one-year experience in the study setting.
Results, conclusion and recommendations: The study demonstrates deficient knowledge and inadequate practices of nurses providing care to patients with leukemia in the study setting. This is most evident in critical areas such as infection control, skin care, and maintaining nutrition. There is also a shortage in training programs for these nurses. Therefore, there is urgent need to arrange continuing education programs for nurses. The study findings could be used as a basis for construction of training endeavors based on identified knowledge and practice gaps to respond to their unmet needs. The main limitation of this study is its small sample size, which would hamper generalization of its results, in addition to the possible observed bias.