Knowledge, attitudes and competence in nursing practice of typhoon disaster relief work among Chinese nurses: A questionnaire survey

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  • Lin Jiang BSc RN,

    Master's Student, Staff Nurse
    1. No.174 Hospital of People's Liberation Army Clinical School, The Affiliated Chenggong Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
    2. Shuguang Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, China
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  • Hong-Gu He PhD MD RN,

    Assistant Professor
    1. Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
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  • Wen-Guang Zhou MM,

    Senior Technician, Professor
    1. Material Department, No.174 Hospital of People's Liberation Army, Xiamen, China
    2. Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
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  • Su-Hua Shi MSc (Med.) RN,

    Associate Chief Nurse, Associate Professor
    1. Department of Nephrology, No.174 Hospital of People's Liberation Army, Xiamen, China
    2. Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China
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  • Ting-Ting Yin MSc (Nurs.) RN,

    Nurse-in-Charge, Teaching Assistant
    1. Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
    2. Division of Nursing, No.174 Hospital of People's Liberation Army, Xiamen, China
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  • Yue Kong MSc (Med.) RN

    Associate Chief Nurse, Associate Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Division of Nursing, No.174 Hospital of People's Liberation Army, The Affiliated Chenggong Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
    • Correspondence: Yue Kong, Division of Nursing, No.174 Hospital of PLA, 92-96 Wen Yuan Road, Xiamen 361003, Fujian Province, China. Email: xmky2005@126.com

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  • [Correction added on 09 January 2015, after first online publication: Second affiliation of the author has been updated.].

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the relationships among nurses' knowledge of, attitudes towards and level of competence in nursing practice, as well as factors influencing nurses' competence in nursing practice, in typhoon disaster relief work. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted using a self-developed questionnaire to obtain data from 607 nurses working in four tertiary hospitals and two secondary hospitals in Fujian, China, in November 2011. Our findings show that the nurses' average percentage scores on their responses to questions in the domains of knowledge, attitudes and practice were 66.33%, 68.87% and 67.60%, respectively. The findings demonstrated a significant positive relationship between nurses' attitudes and their practice. Nurses' working unit, prior training in typhoon disaster relief, current position of employment and attitudes were significant predictors of nurses' competence in practice. The results indicate that strategies need to be developed for nurses to improve their knowledge, attitudes and practice.

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