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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 81-84

Knowledge and attitude regarding disaster preparedness and management among nurses and nursing students

Professor, Mamata College of Nursing, Khammam, India

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Disaster is a sudden adverse or unfortunate extreme event, which causes great damage to human beings. Disaster is any occurrence that causes damage, economic disruption, loss of human life and deterioration in health services on a scale sufficient to warrant an extraordinary response from outside the affected community area.The nurses’ role is to respond in all serious events that could threaten the life of others. Every nurse must seek for new challenges on disaster management and emergency responses. The present study was done to determine the nurses’ knowledge and attitude regarding the disaster preparedness and management. A comparative cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the knowledge and attitude among nurses and nursing students in selected hospital at Khammam. Fifty nurses and fifty nursing students were selected by using convenience sampling technique. Data was collected by using a self-administered questionnaire to assess the knowledge and a Likert scale to assess the attitude. The results showed that 32% of the staff nurses and 14% of the nursing students had adequate knowledge regarding disaster management. With regard to attitude among staff nurses, majority, i.e., 92% had favourable attitude and 8% were neutral in their attitude. Among nursing students 98% had an favourable attitude and 2% were neutral. The study concludes that staff nurses have better knowledge when compared to nursing students and nursing students have better attitude when compared to the staff nurses towards disaster preparedness and management.

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