International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 192

Full Length Research Paper

Knowledge, attitude and willingness of Nigerian nursing students to serve as volunteers in covid-19 pandemic

Prisca Olabisi ADEJUMO
  • Prisca Olabisi ADEJUMO
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Olawale Akanbi MORONKOLA
  • Olawale Akanbi MORONKOLA
  • Department of Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
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Adeniyi Funmilayo OKANLAWON
  • Adeniyi Funmilayo OKANLAWON
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Adelani Wakeel TIJANI
  • Adelani Wakeel TIJANI
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Science, Edo University, Iyamho, Edo State, Nigeria.
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Ijeoma L. OKORONKWO
  • Ijeoma L. OKORONKWO
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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Simeon Kayode OLUBIYI
  • Simeon Kayode OLUBIYI
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, Nigeria.
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Mfuh Anita Yafeh. LUKONG
  • Mfuh Anita Yafeh. LUKONG
  • Department of Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
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Adisa Bolaji IYANDA
  • Adisa Bolaji IYANDA
  • Department of Health Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
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Iyanuoluwa Oreofe OJO
  • Iyanuoluwa Oreofe OJO
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Ifeoluwapo Oluwafunke KOLAWOLE
  • Ifeoluwapo Oluwafunke KOLAWOLE
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Rose Ekama ILESANMI
  • Rose Ekama ILESANMI
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Chiemerigo Anne ONYENEHO
  • Chiemerigo Anne ONYENEHO
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Morufat A. ALABI
  • Morufat A. ALABI
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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Beatrice Mgboro OHAERI
  • Beatrice Mgboro OHAERI
  • Department of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 10 July 2020
  •  Accepted: 22 September 2020
  •  Published: 31 January 2021

Abstract

The current outbreak of the novel COVID-19 cases in different parts of the world continues to have adverse effect on the health, education, economy, politics and other sectors of national life of countries worldwide. Nigeria, as the 2nd country in Africa that has an increased incidence of infection, assessing the level of nursing student’s information about COVID-19, their attitude and willingness to serve as volunteers during the pandemic can be an effective step in flatting the curve of the disease. Hence, the need for this study. A descriptive cross-sectional survey was employed in this study. Seven hundred and twenty-five undergraduate nursing students from purposively selected universities in Nigeria participated in the study. The participants cut across 200 to 500 levels of study. A semi structured questionnaire containing 36 items was used to collect data via online means on the knowledge, attitude and willingness of Nigerian nursing students to serve as volunteers in COVID 19 pandemic. Data were analyzed and presented in frequency and percentage while the association among the variables was tested using chi square. The mean age of respondents was 21.5±2.5 years. The findings from the study revealed that the respondents had good knowledge 73.7 and 66% of them expressed positive attitude towards caring for people during the pandemic, while, 62.8% indicated their willingness to serve as volunteers. Age, knowledge and attitude does not influence their willingness to serve as volunteer. In view of the above findings, the faculty to collaborate with the stakeholders in the practicing area to encourage nursing students by providing resources such as personal protective equipment’s and incentives when involved in the care of patients with COVID -19 and other infectious diseases.

Key words: Attitude, knowledge, willingness, nursing students, pandemic, COVID-19, volunteering.