Nursing students Awareness toward preventive measures of COVID19 transmission
Background: knowledge-based care is the cornerstone of professional nursing. Such a unique combination is never complete without preparing highly qualified nurses who are armed with the essential tools to provide a competent care. Nursing schools around the globe are challenged to execute such an important task by the ever-changing world. Examples of such challenges are however, not limited to, highly complex health care systems, shortage of qualified health nurse educators, lack of resources, population cultural diversity, financial crisis, and most recently the COVID 19 epidemic. Methodology: A cross-sectional design, conducted in Iraq region at time of outbreak COVID 19. Nursing students from different colleges and health institutes were invited. A total of (900) nursing student were participated voluntary, the data was collected from the 7th - 13th of April 2020. Results: the results of the study revealed that (64.1%) of the participant were female, (96%) at age group 18-28 years, and their mean age =22.03±.480, (33.7%) of them at second level of educational stage, (30.8%) of them from Mayssan University, (65.4%) of them were studying at nursing college, (83.4%) depend on internet as a source of knowledge about COVID 19, (98.1%) of them has no relative infected with COVID 19. The study showed (90%) of nursing student knowledge toward preventive measures of COVID 19 was good, and student level, their college, and source of information have a correlation with their knowledge about preventive measures of COVID 19. Conclusion: majority of nursing students were good knowledge about preventive measures of COVID 19.