Taiwanese nursing students’ knowledge, application and confidence with standard and additional precautions in infection control

Wu, Chia-Jung, Gardner, Glenn E., & Chang, Anne M. (2009) Taiwanese nursing students’ knowledge, application and confidence with standard and additional precautions in infection control. Journal Of Clinical Nursing, 18(8), pp. 1105-1112.

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Aim: This study reports on nursing students’ current capacity to handle standard and additional infection-control precautions in terms of their knowledge, application skills and confidence.-- Background: These precautions are recommended as the guidelines for preventing infections and ensuring occupational safety. As nursing students undertake patient care during clinical practice, their knowledge of and ability to apply these precautions with confidence should be examined before they enter the clinical field.-- Method: A specific tool, the Infection Control Evaluation, was developed and distributed. Design. A cross-sectional survey involving a sample of preservice nursing students was conducted in southern Taiwan.-- Results: The results were based on an 88% response rate and indicated that the level of knowledge concerning standard and additional precautions was low among Taiwanese nursing students. Their ability in applying these precautions in clinicalpractice also appeared to be inadequate.-- Conclusions: Such findings indicate that Taiwanese preservice nursing students require a comprehensive foundation course in infection-control precautions before they enter the clinical environment. This will help to ensure their protection and that of their patients. Relevance to clinical practice. As the findings highlight the importance of providing such education for students before they undertake any clinical work, the information provided here can help nursing educators and academics to develop a specific program.

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ID Code: 19453
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: infection control, nurses, nursing, standard and additional precautions, Taiwan
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02309.x
ISSN: 0962-1067
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available on publication at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2009 04:00
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 18:01

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