Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Undergraduate and Intern Saudi Nursing Students Regarding Biomedical Waste Management and Influencing Factors
Ebtsam Aly Abou Hashish, Shatha Hashim Mari, Hanan Zaraq AlSulami

Background: Sound knowledge, positive attitude and safe practices of biomedical waste management is crucial for nursing students and interns as future nurses to prevent health hazards, protect themselves, safeguard patients and the community from various adverse effects of the hazardous waste. Objective: The present study was undertaken to assess Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of undergraduate nursing students and intern nurses regarding Biomedical Waste Management (BMWM). Further, to explore the factors influencing their KAP. Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted at College of Nursing- Jeddah, King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Saudi Arabia. KAP of Biomedical Waste Management questionnaire introduced to all undergraduate nursing students enrolled in the academic levels 5 to 8 (N=229) and all intern nurses (N=86) per the academic year 2018/2019. Results: The present study showed that study participants had an inadequate knowledge of BMWM and colour coding. However, they showed a favourable attitude and moderate practice level of BMWM. Participants identified many facilitators and barriers that affect their KAP. Conclusions: A well-designed periodic comprehensive training and in-service education programs regarding Biomedical Waste management is highly recommended for nursing students, interns and all staff categories to increase their awareness and improve their practice.

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