Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Nursing Students towards COVID-19 Pandemic in Oman

Rasha Abu Baker Abu Baker, Aisha Mohawish Rashed Alshdefat, Jansirani Natarajan, Mickael Antoine Joseph*, Rasha Abu Baker Abu Baker, Mohammed Ghalib Qutishat

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Abstract

Background: COVID-19 pandemic is a global emergency that requires the implementation of drastic
measures to halt the disease’s fast spread. Students commitment to preventive measures is impacted by their
knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward the disease.
Method: We sought to determine the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding COVID-19
pandemic among Omani nursing students. A cross-sectional study was conducted at college of nursing,
Sultan Qaboos University. A valid and reliable online survey was used to gather the data.
Conclusion: We found that 96.9% of nursing students have moderate to high level of knowledge about
COVID-19. The majority of nursing students held optimistic attitudes about the successful control of
COVID-19 (78.5%) and the ability of Oman to conquer the virus (75.5%). While 87.7% of nursing students
stayed away from crowded places, only 47.9% wore a mask when leaving their homes. Predictors of good
knowledge included being a clinical student, wearing a mask while leaving home, and having a positive
attitude about controlling the pandemic (p<0.001). Predictors of good preventive practices included being a
woman and having higher knowledge scores (p=0.05). Omani nursing students have satisfactory knowledge
and held positive attitudes regarding COVID-19. However, they do not maintain adequate practice measures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • Attitude; Covid-19; knowledge; nursing; Oman; practice.

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