Volume 7, Issue 6 (June 2020), Pages: 103-109
Original Research Paper
Title: Public health nurses’ demographic factors and level of awareness as determinants to safe vaccine administration
Author(s): Mohammad Ryan L. Diamla 1, *, Paulo Carl G. Mejia 2, Benjamin Joel L. Breboneria 3, Jinu K. Rajan 2, Athena Jalaliyah B. Lawi 1, Naima D. Mala 1, Shirikit B. Isra 1, Janeirah Q. Manalundong 1, Nursidar P. Mukattil 4, Magna Anissa A. Hayudini 3
1College of Health Sciences, Mindanao State University, Marawi, Philippines
2Department of Nursing, Al Ghad International College for Applied Medical Sciences, Najran, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
4College of Health Sciences, Mindanao State University, Jolo, Philippines
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It was reported that vaccine misconceptions, lack of knowledge, and inaccurate conceptions were relatively common to healthcare workers. The study aims to assess public health nurses’ level of awareness on safe vaccine administration. This descriptive-correlational study was conducted in the 44 community health centers in the municipalities of Lanao Del Sur Province, Philippines. This includes 200 public health nurses who were selected using proportionate sampling. The self-made survey questionnaire was adopted from the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) about safe immunization practices. It utilized SPSS version 24 software to statistically compute for frequency and percentage distribution, mean, standard deviation, and Chi-square test. Most of the public health nurses as respondents of the study are females, Bachelor degree holders in Nursing, have 1-3 years of experience, and lastly have not attended any seminar/training regarding safe vaccine administration. Most of the public health nurses in Lanao Del Sur Province have a high level of awareness of safe vaccine administration (x̅=2.86, SD±47.23). A significant relationship was found between a number of pieces of training and vaccine transportation (r2 6.065; p=0.005) and education and vaccine preparation (r2 7.407; p=0.025) among public health nurses. A regular staff training course is highly recommended to improve the public health nurses’ level of knowledge about immunization.
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Keywords: Immunization programs, Vaccination awareness, Public health nurses, Community health nurses, Active immunization
Article History: Received 20 October 2019, Received in revised form 16 March 2020, Accepted 17 March 2020
Special appreciation to all the public health nurses in Lanao Del Sur Province who participated in the study.
Compliance with ethical standards
The ethical guidelines and standards in conducting research were scrutinized by the College of Health Sciences-Graduate Studies Ethics Committee of Mindanao State University with a letter-number of CHSGS/2019105243702. Thus, all information provided by the respondents was kept with strict confidentiality.
Informed consent: Informed consent was secured from all public health nurses who have participated in the study.
Conflict of interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Diamla MRL, Mejia PCG, and Breboneria BJL et al. (2020). Public health nurses’ demographic factors and level of awareness as determinants to safe vaccine administration. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 7(6): 103-109
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