Knowledge on COVID-19 among Nursing Students of a Selected Nursing Institute of Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Authors

  • Afroza Akhter
  • Bilkis Banu
  • Nasrin Akter
  • Labanna Paul Antara
  • Sarder Mahmud Hossain

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v13i1.17321

Keywords:

Knowledge, COVID-19, nursing students.

Abstract

Background: Bangladesh is trying to shape out coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic
with limited frontiers resources science March 2020. Among all frontier, Bangladeshi nurses are also
playing a dynamic role to control infection through direct contact with COVID patients.
Objective: This research aims to identify the level and predictors of poor knowledge of nursing students
toward the COVID-19.
Method: This study was a quantitative type of cross-sectional study with 150 participants randomly
selected from 226 students of the Armed Forces Medical Institute located in Dhaka Cantonment of
Dhaka city of Bangladesh. Data were collected by using a pre-tested questionnaire through a telephonic
interview by trained and experienced interviewers. Analysis was done by using univariate, multivariate
techniques followed by regression modeling.
Result: Overall level of knowledge was observed poor (67.3%) among more than half of BSc nursing
students. A greater part of nursing students got poor knowledge on the preventive measures to reduce
transmission of COVID 19 (98.7%; 40.20±12.39) & management of COVID 19 (94.7%; 40.20±12.39).
In terms of predicting the causes of poor knowledge, this study found that BSc nursing students of the
second year (AOR= 2.53, p < 0.01) are more likely to have poor knowledge on COVID-19 compared
to another educational group.
Conclusion: Nurses are the frontiers to mitigate COVID-19 and manage the affected people effectively.
Therefore, knowledge of them needs to be perfect to ensure the proper practice to prevent COVID-19.
Thus, an enthusiastic and demonstrative learning system is required to make them knowledgeable
enough against COVID-19

Author Biographies

Afroza Akhter

Research Fellow, Global Health Research Center (GHRC), Department of Public Health, Northern
University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh;

Bilkis Banu

PhD Scholar, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg
University, Germany; Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh,
Dhaka, Bangladesh;

Nasrin Akter

Lecturer, Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka,
Bangladesh;

Labanna Paul Antara

Research Fellow, Global Health Research Center (GHRC), Department of Public Health,
Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Sarder Mahmud Hossain

Professor and Head, Department of Public Health, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Published

2021-10-20

How to Cite

Afroza Akhter, Bilkis Banu, Nasrin Akter, Labanna Paul Antara, & Sarder Mahmud Hossain. (2021). Knowledge on COVID-19 among Nursing Students of a Selected Nursing Institute of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 13(1), 58–68. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v13i1.17321