EFFECTIVENESS OF A TRAINING PROGRAMME ON KNOWLEDGE REGARDING DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AMONG NURSING STUDENTS IN A SELECTED COLLEGE OF NURSINGARUN KUMAR, S.K., BINUJA JOHN AND SUSAN GEORGE THADATHIL
Preparedness is the key to the success of all disaster management strategies. A quasi-experimental study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of a training programme in terms of knowledge regarding disaster preparedness among nursing students in a selected College of Nursing at Ernakulam district. One group pre-test post-test research design was adopted for the study. Using purposive sampling technique 56 fourth year B.Sc. Nursing students were selected. A pre-test was administered by means of a structured questionnaire and then disaster preparedness training programme was administered. A post test was conducted using the same structured questionnaire. The results of the study revealed that the post-test mean score of level knowledge (17.52±3.19) regarding disaster preparedness among subjects was higher than that of the mean level of knowledge score in pre test (12.70±2.82). As the calculated statistic value 10.8 greater than that of the table value at p≤ 0.001, there was a significant increase in post-test level of knowledge on disaster preparedness among the students. As calculated chi-square value less than that of the Table value there was no significant association of pre-test level of knowledge on disaster preparedness with selected socio-demographic variables of fourth year B.Sc. Nursing students at p ≤ 0.05. The study concluded that training programme was very much effective in improving knowledge on disaster preparedness among fourth year B.Sc Nursing students.
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