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Title: Nursing Students' Perceptions on Healthcare-Associated Infection Control and Prevention Teaching and Learning Experience in Portugal
Authors: Parreira, Pedro 
Santos-Costa, Paulo
Pardal, João
Neves, Teresa
Bernardes, Rafael A.
Serambeque, Beatriz 
Sousa, Liliana B.
Graveto, João
Silén-Lipponen, Marja
Korhonen, Ulla
Koponen, Leena
Myllymäki, Mikko
Yurrebaso Macho, Amaia
Mayens, Alexander L. Ward
Picado Valverde, Eva Maria
Guzmán Ordaz, Raquel
Juanes Méndez, Juan Antonio
Iglesias, Jose Luis Pérez
Canelo, José Antonio Mirón
Jankowiak-Bernaciak, Aleksandra
Patrzała, Amelia
Bączyk, Grażyna
Basa, Anna
Reis, Alcinda Maria do Sacramento Costa
Simões, Joaquim Augusto
Torres, Ana Luísa
Pinto, Maria do Rosário
Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela
Keywords: nursing students; healthcare-associated infections; education
Issue Date: 28-Jan-2022
Project: InovSafeCare Project, Educating Students for innovative infection prevention and control practices in healthcare settings (2018-1-PT01-KA203-047453), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union 
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Personalized Medicine
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Abstract: Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are one of the major concerns worldwide, posing significant challenges to healthcare professionals' education and training. This study intended to measure nursing students' perceptions regarding their learning experiences on HAI prevention and control. In the first phase of the study, a cross-sectional and descriptive study with a convenience sample composed of undergraduate nursing students from Portugal, Spain, Poland, and Finland was conducted to develop the InovSafeCare questionnaire. In the second phase, we applied the InovSafeCare scale in a sample of nursing students from two Portuguese higher education institutions to explore which factors impact nursing students' adherence to HAI prevention and control measures in clinical settings. In phase one, the InovSafeCare questionnaire was applied to 1326 students internationally, with the instrument presenting adequate psychometric qualities with reliability results in 14 dimensions. During phase two, the findings supported that Portuguese nursing students' adherence to HAI prevention and control measures is influenced not only by the curricular offerings and resources available in academic settings, but also by the standards conveyed by nursing tutors during clinical placements. Our findings support the need for a dedicated curricular focus on HAI prevention and control learning, not only through specific classroom modules, innovative resources, and pedagogical approaches, but also through a complementary and coordinated liaison between teachers and tutors in academic and clinical settings.
ISSN: 2075-4426
DOI: 10.3390/jpm12020180
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FMUC Medicina - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais
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