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Compliance with Infection Prevention and Control Practice among Prospective Graduates of Nursing School in South Korea

by 1 and 2,*
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College of Nursing & Research Institute of Nursing Science, Hallym University, Gangwon-do 24252, Korea
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College of Nursing, Kangwon National University, Gangwon-do 24341, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2373; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052373
Received: 29 December 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2021 / Accepted: 27 February 2021 / Published: 1 March 2021
The purpose of this study was to examine compliance with infection prevention and control practice and factors affecting compliance in nursing students who are about to graduate. A cross-sectional survey design was used. A total of 178 students from two nursing colleges in South Korea responded to self-reported questionnaires. Descriptive statistics, independent t-test, Pearson correlation, and multiple regression analysis were conducted. Mean score for compliance was 4.09 ± 0.43 out of 5. The highest score was on compliance with prevention of cross-infection (4.42 ± 0.54) and the lowest was on use of protective devices (3.86 ± 0.78). Non–occupational exposure scores on compliance subcategories were significantly higher than those for occupational exposure. Students’ perception of safe environment for infection control and a positive attitude toward infection control predicted compliance significantly (β = 0.28, p < 0.001; β = 0.18, p = 0.014, respectively). The findings clarify that the level of infection control compliance among Korean nursing students is moderate. In order to increase the level of compliance, a climate that emphasizes a safe environment for healthcare-associated infections should be strengthened. In addition, nursing education should endeavor to develop a positive attitude toward infection prevention. View Full-Text
Keywords: compliance; infection control; nursing students; South Korea compliance; infection control; nursing students; South Korea
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Kim, H.; Park, H. Compliance with Infection Prevention and Control Practice among Prospective Graduates of Nursing School in South Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2373. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052373

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Kim H, Park H. Compliance with Infection Prevention and Control Practice among Prospective Graduates of Nursing School in South Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2373. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052373

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Kim, Hyunjung; Park, Hyunju. 2021. "Compliance with Infection Prevention and Control Practice among Prospective Graduates of Nursing School in South Korea" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 5: 2373. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052373

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