Nursing students' knowledge about ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines: Effectiveness of a teaching program

  • Sami M. Aloush
    Address correspondence to Sami M. Aloush, PhD, MSN, RN, Adult Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Al albayt University, PO Box 130040, Mafraq 25113, Jordan.
    Adult Health Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing, Al albayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
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      • Nursing students do not receive enough education about ventilator-associated pneumonia in their schools.
      • Ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention guidelines courses are effective in expanding students' knowledge.
      • Integrating ventilator-associated pneumonia education in nursing curricula improves knowledge of future nurses.
      This study evaluated the effectiveness of an educational course that aimed to expand student nurses' knowledge about the guidelines for ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) prevention. In the pretest, the students revealed poor knowledge (mean score ± SD, 6.3 ± 2.8 out of 20). After completion of the educational program, participants in the experimental group showed a significant improvement (t105 = 14.9, P < .001). The control group showed no significant improvement. More focus on VAP prevention guidelines is essential in nursing curricula.

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