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2020, Cilt 10, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 549-558
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2020.415
Evaluation of Nursing Students’ Hand Hygiene Beliefs and Practices: A Descriptive Study
Öznur GÜRLEK KISACIK1, Münevver SÖNMEZ2, Yeliż CİĞERCİ1
1Afyonkarahisar Health Science University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
2Zonguldak Bülent Eceviṫ University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Zonguldak, Turkey
Keywords: Hand hygiene, Nursing Students, Belief, Practice

Hand hygiene is the simplest infection control method known to prevent the transmission of pathogens and reduce the incidence of infections due to healthcare staff as well as is a critical component of nursing education. In this study, it was aimed to determine the beliefs and practices of nursing students towards hand hygiene and to reveal some factors affecting them, to reveal the areas that should focus on teaching hand hygiene in basic nursing education. This descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted with 801 nursing students between 15 December 2019 and 15 February 2020. Data were collected with Student Information Form, Hand Hygiene Practice Inventory and Hand Hygiene Belief Scale. It was found that 74.3% of the nursing students were female and 38% were senior students. It was determined that the average Hand Hygiene Practice Inventory score based on the self-reports of the students was 65.26±5.29, and the average Hand Hygiene Belief Scale score was 86.01±9.08. While the mean scores of the students’ Hand Hygiene Practice Inventory showed a significant difference regarding gender (p= 0.006), the Hand Hygiene Belief Scale scores of nursing students differed significantly in terms of gender and year of education (respectively p<0.001; p= 0.001). There was a significant negative correlation between the number of days of clinical practice and the average Hand Hygiene Belief Scale score (p= -0.120; p<0.001). It was found that nursing students had positive beliefs towards hand hygiene and hand hygiene practices based on self-reports were good.

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