Original Research

Nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes on sexually transmitted infections prevention at training institution in Namibia

Lonia U. Hamunyela, Hileni N. Niikondo, Monika N. Nakweenda
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 29 | a2483 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v29i0.2483 | © 2024 Lonia U. Hamunyela, Hileni N. Niikondo, Monika N. Nakweenda | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2023 | Published: 16 February 2024

About the author(s)

Lonia U. Hamunyela, School of Nursing and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Hileni N. Niikondo, School of Nursing and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Monika N. Nakweenda, School of Nursing and Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Abstract

Background: Insufficient knowledge about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among nursing students can impact patient care and outcomes. To address this, comprehensive STI education is crucial.

Aim: This study aimed to assess knowledge and attitudes of nursing students regarding STI prevention and control.

Setting: The research was conducted at a nursing training institution in Windhoek, Namibia.

Methods: The research employed a cross-sectional design with 73 participants.

Results: Outcomes revealed that 63.0% had satisfactory knowledge and 79.5% exhibited positive attitudes. A significant association was noted between knowledge and participants’ sex. Male participants displayed poor knowledge (70%). No significant relationship existed between demographic characteristics and attitudes.

Conclusion: The study concluded lower than expected knowledge regarding STIs among nursing students that implicated patients’ care.

Contribution: Integrating STI education into nursing curricula can improve students’ competences that enhance patients’ care.


Keywords

knowledge; attitudes; sexually transmitted; infections; student nurses.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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