CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES AMONG INDIAN NURSES ABOUT COVID 19
Background - COVID 19 pandemic has caused health concern all over the world, therefore it is the need of the hour that every individual should be equipped with knowledge related to the disease. In this study, knowledge and practices were assessed among the nurses. As India is one of the leading country suffering from this pandemic spread where local transmission is reported and due to this author thought of carrying out the study.
Purpose – of the study was to identify the knowledge and practices of nurses, in order to assess the readiness of nurses for upcoming challenges.
Methods- An online sample of Indian Nurses was successfully recruited via author’s networks. A self-structured online questionnaire about was completed by participants. The questionnaire consisted of 30 items in two parts related to knowledge and practice assessment associated with COVID-19.
Results - Among 720 participants, good knowledge was observed in 50.6% participants and excellent knowledge (36.4%) was revealed related to myths and facts about COVID 19 among participants. Moreover, the practices proved to be excellent among 83.1%. Moderate linear positive correlation was found between knowledge and practices therefore inference was drawn that knowledge and practices were interdependent. Association between knowledge and practice scores with age gender and education was found to be significant which proves that knowledge and practices were influenced by these variables. Moreover, no literature is available till date related to knowledge and practices of Indian nursing personnel related to COVID-19.
Conclusion – The study revealed that that nurses have good knowledge, practices and the care of COVID-19 patients in India is in safe hands. Moreover, the frontline nursing fraternity is all set to win the battle against COIVD-19 in near future. The study also acts as a tool to bring awareness among the participants, as the right answers were shared after responses submission.
Keywords:COVID19, Knowledge, Practices, Nurses, India
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