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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 75-80

Effectiveness of structured teaching programme on knowledge and attitude regarding disaster preparedness among nursing students

1 3rd Year B. Sc (N) Student, College of Nursing, CIHSR, Dimapur, India
2 Assoc.Professor, College of Nursing, CIHSR, Dimapur, India

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Disasters cause serious disruption of the normal functioning of a community or society, resulting in widespread devastating human, property or environmental effects,the recovery from which requires assistance from outside the affected community. In disaster prone areas, disaster preparedness can minimize injuries, loss of life, and damage to property. Health care professionals and students are great resources in times of disaster and their knowledge on disaster management enables optimal and timely services during a disastrous event. Apre-experimental research study was undertaken with the objective to assess the knowledge and attitude of nursing students regarding disaster preparedness for earthquakes and fires and to determine the effectiveness of a structured teaching programme on knowledge and attitude. Proportionate stratified random sampling was done to obtain a sample of 52 first year and second year B.Sc (N) and G.N.M students and data was collected using a self-administered knowledge questionnaire and an attitude scale. The study findings showed that 8% nursing students had adequate knowledge about disaster preparedness. Majority (62%) of the nursing students had positive/favorable attitude regarding disaster preparedness. Effectiveness of the structured teaching programme, was assessed using paired t- test, and was found to be statistically significant at ρ < 0.05. Study findings support the promotion of routine assessment of knowledge and attitude and regular trainings on disaster preparedness using structured teaching programmes to ensure adequate disaster preparedness among nursing students.

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