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FEAR AND PREVENTIVE MEASURE PRACTICES OF COVID-19 AMONG BACHELOR OF NURSING STUDENTS OF KATHMANDU VALLEY, NEPAL

Dahal Punam* and Adhikari Bibhav

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Background: Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease and its consequences have led to fears, worries, and anxiety among individuals including health care workers essentially nurses worldwide. Thus, this study aimed to find out the Fear and Preventive Measures Practice of COVID-19 among Bachelor Nursing Students. Methods and Materials: A descriptive cross-sectional research design was used to conduct this study. Study subjects were selected by census method, 192 subjects were participated in this study. Data were collected through online survey using the Google form questionnaire. Data were imported and entered in SPSS 20. Descriptive statistics such as number and percentage were used to describe demographic data and for analysis of the COVID-19 fear and preventive measure practices. While the chi-square test was used to associate the level of COVID-19 Fear with selected demographic variables. Besides these, Pearson's correlation coefficient was computed to describe the relationship between the level of COVID-19 Fear and Its Preventive Measure Practices. Results/Findings: The result showed that the majority (63%) had no significant fear and the majority (98.4%) had good practice regarding prevention of COVID-19. Only religion had a significant relation with COVID-19 fear. The participant who had good practice had low fear of COVID-19 that means there was a statistically negative correlation between COVID-19 Fear and Its Preventive Measure Practices. Still, 37% have a significant fear. Conclusion: Despite increasing trends of worldwide morbidity and mortality from this disease, this study concludes that majorities had good practice regarding the prevention of COVID-19. Participants who had good practice had a low fear of COVID-19. Still, 37% have significant fear, to reduce their fear level. Training regarding management of infectious diseases to all nurses might be helpful to reduce their fear level and prepare for similar outbreaks in future.

Keywords: COVID-19, Fear, Preventive Measure Practice, Bachelor Nursing Students.


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