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J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2019 Jun;30(2):174-182. Korean.
Published online Jun 28, 2019.  https://doi.org/10.12799/jkachn.2019.30.2.174
© 2019 Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing
Nursing Students' Environmental Consciousness and Medical Waste Related Knowledge and Attitudes
Jae-Hyun Ha,1 and Hyun Ju Lee2
1Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Masan University, Changwon, Korea.
2Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Catholic University of Pusan, Busan, Korea.

Corresponding author: Lee, Hyun Ju. College of Nursing, Catholic University of Pusan, 57 Oryundae-ro, Geumjung-gu, Busan 46252, Korea. Tel: +82-51-510-0776, Fax: +82-51-510-0747, Email: iodes@cup.ac.kr
Received Feb 12, 2019; Revised Apr 21, 2019; Accepted Apr 29, 2019.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to find out how much influence nursing students' environmental consciousness and knowledge of medical waste have on their attitudes toward medical waste.

Methods

The subjects were 211 nursing students recruited from 2 universities. Data were collected with a structured self-report questionnaire comprising measures of environmental consciousness, and knowledge of and attitude toward medical waste. Data analysis was conducted with the SPSS/WIN 25.0 program.

Results

A total of 211 copies of the questionnaire were used for the final analysis, except for 9 untrusted responses out of 220 that included missing values. Those subjects' environmental consciousness who received environmental education in middle and high schools was higher (t=3.15, p=.002). The higher their grades, the better their knowledge of medical waste (F=3.40, p=.035). Those subjects’ knowledge of medical waste who received medical waste education was relatively high (t=3.14, p=.002). Those subjects with clinical practice experience had more sensitive attitudes toward medical waste (t=2.06, p=.041). Those subjects' attitudes toward Medical waste who received medical waste education at the universities were relatively high (t=2.04, p=.043). The subjects' environmental consciousness was positively correlated with their attitudes toward medical waste (r=.44, p<.001). The most influential factor in their attitudes toward medical waste is their environmental attitudes and medical waste education.

Conclusion

The higher the nursing students' environmental consciousness, the higher their attitudes toward medical waste. It is necessary to provide environment and medical waste education for nursing students in order to strengthen their environmental consciousness and attitude toward medical waste.

Keywords: Students, Nursing; Environment; Medical waste; Knowledge; Attitude

Tables


Table 1
General Characteristics of the Participants (N=211)
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Table 2
Environmental Consciousness, Medical Waste Knowledge and Attitude of the Participants (N=211)
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Table 3
Environmental Consciousness, Medical Waste Knowledge and Attitude by General Characteristics of the Participants (N=211)
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Table 4
Correlation of Environmental Consciousness, Medical Waste Knowledge and Attitude (N=211)
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Table 5
Factors Influencing Medical Waste Attitude of the Participants (N=211)
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