Nursing Students’ Perceived Disaster Preparedness and Response: Pilot study in Oman

Joy K. Kamanyire*, Ronald Wesonga, Susan Achora, Leodoro L. Labrague, Anju Malik, Sultan Alshaqsi, Jamila A.S. Alhabsi

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Objectives: This study aimed to assess the perceived level of disaster preparedness and response among nursing students in Oman, as the country is disaster prone and experiences disasters every three to five years. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional pilot study was conducted from May to June 2019 using a stratified cluster sampling method among nursing students recruited from two government nursing colleges in Muscat, Oman. The Disaster Preparedness Evaluation Tool and Disaster Response Self-Efficacy Scale were used to assess the knowledge, skill, disaster management and self-efficacy in handling disasters. Results: A total of 51 students participated in this study. Most students (78.4%) had experienced a disaster while at home. Overall, the students had moderate levels of knowledge (3.17 ± 1.49), skill (3.12 ± 1.52), post-disaster management (3.22 ± 1.44) and self efficacy in responding to disaster (2.93 ± 1.16). Conclusion: Nursing students in Oman have experienced disasters and are willing to respond when called upon though they possess moderate knowledge and confidence in handling disasters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-625
Number of pages5
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Disasters
  • Nursing Students
  • Oman
  • Pilot Study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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