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

Authors

  • Aisha Alshdefat1 , Jansirani Natarajan2 , Mickaël Antoine Joseph3 , Rasha Abu Baker4 , Mohammed Ghalib Qutishat5

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijone.v13i1.13307

Keywords:

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

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.

Author Biography

Aisha Alshdefat1 , Jansirani Natarajan2 , Mickaël Antoine Joseph3 , Rasha Abu Baker4 , Mohammed Ghalib Qutishat5

1
Lecturer (RN, MSN), Department of Maternal and Child Health, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University,
Muscat, Oman, 2Lecturer (RN, MSN), Fundamental and Administration, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos
University, Muscat, Oman, 3Assistant Professor (PhD), Fundamental and Administration, College of Nursing,
Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, 4
Lecturer (RN, MSN), Department of Community and Mental Health,
College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman, 5Lecturer (RN, MSN), Department of Community
and Mental Health, College of Nursing, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

Published

2020-12-30