Undergraduate Nursing Students' Knowledge, Attitude: Care of Patients of Mechanical Ventilators

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Badria A Elfaki


Objective: To determine the knowledge and attitude of student nurses about mechanical ventilators (MVs) and analyze the impact of a one-week educational program. Methods: Fifty student nurses were included in a one-week training program about MVs’ fundamental favorable knowledge and attitude in January 2021 at MG nursing Institute, Tamil Nadu. Student nurses in critical nursing courses were assessed before an education program. A pre-validated survey questionnaire comprised of knowledge and attitude items was adopted to collect data before and after the training program (post-course assessment). The program adopted a lesson plan and simulation procedures for learning, and it took seven days to complete. Findings: According to the study's findings, 35 (70%) participants (student nurses) were females, and 15 (30%) were males. The pre-test knowledge and attitude were inadequate at 74% and 25% respectively. In the post-test, it increased to adequate with 44% and 64%. The mean knowledge score pre-test MV assessment was 8.58 (17%), and the post-test was 19.18 (38%). While their attitude on the pre-test was 12.64 (25%), their post-test score was 32.38 (64%). A statistically significant difference was found between knowledge and attitude among student nurses prior to and following the MVs training session. Novelty: One-week training program on care for patients with mechanical ventilators enhanced students' knowledge and attitude at p<0.005. Computer-aided education with simulation dramatically improved student nurses' knowledge and attitudes about mechanical ventilator care, according to our study findings. The study recommended that simulation training on care for patients of MVs is an effective strategy to render efficient quality care to patients admitted to intensive care units.


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