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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-19

Omicron: Egyptian nurses' knowledge and attitudes

1 Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Jouf University, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Community Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
3 Department of Maternal and New-born Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Helwan University, Helwan, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Mostafa Shaban
Department of Nursing, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Jouf University, Sakaka
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jin.jin_63_21

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Objective: The current study aimed to assess the knowledge and attitudes of nurses toward the current COVID-19 pandemic and Omicron variant. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional online survey was used. Totally 277 Egyptian nurses completed an electronic questionnaire comprising demographics with 5 items, nurses' knowledge on Omicron with 18 questions, and nurses' attitudes on Omicron with 5 questions. The data collected were expressed using numbers, percentages, and mean and standard deviation. Results: The mean age of nurses was 27 ± 5 years, nearly 50% of the nurses were bachelor degrees. The total score of correct answers related to knowledge was 75%, showing the different degrees of knowledge about Omicron. The majority of nurses showed positive attitudes toward controlling and managing the COVID-19 pandemic. Conclusions: Egyptian nurses have average knowledge about Omicron and a positive attitude toward controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. There should be scope for further assessment to enhance understanding about COVID-19. Moreover, health education programs should be developed for nursing staff to improve information, beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes towards the Omicron variant in particular and the COVID-19 pandemic in general.

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