J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2017 Nov;24(4):277-285. 10.7739/jkafn.2017.24.4.277.

Nursing Students' Exposure to NeedleStick and Sharp Injuries, Faculty's Stress and Necessity of Informed Consent in Fundamental Nursing Practice

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Jecheon, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School, College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Woosuk Univesity, Wanju, Korea.
  • 4Department of Nursing, Catholic University of Pusan, Busan, Korea.
  • 5College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. sky@catholic.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify occurrence of needle stick and sharp injuries(NSI) among students, level of faculty stress, and necessity of informed consent when students practice injection skills in fundamentals of nursing practice (FNP).
METHODS
Data were collected using self-reporting questionnaires and 74 faculty members who teach FNP responded it. Questionnaires included general characteristics, experiences of NSI, stress level, and informed consent. Data were analyzed using frequency, percent and paired t-test.
RESULTS
Of 74 faculty members, 51.4% experienced NSI 3~4 times or more during their FNP classes. Major procedures causing NSI during FNP were "˜ breaking the neck of ampules', "˜ disposing of used items', and "˜ inserting needles'. The stress level of faculty was higher and more than doubled when training with human beings compared to manikins. Most faculties (86.5%) agreed to the necessity of informed consent so that the safety of faculty and students could be protected and to provide enough information even though only 10.8% of faculty in this study got informed consent.
CONCLUSION
Because there is high risk in every procedure of NSI, faculty has a high level of stress during injection practice in FNS. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a standard NSI precaution program for junior nursing students and discuss informed consent.

Keyword

Needlestick injuries; Nursing students; Faculty; Stress; Informed consent

MeSH Terms

Humans
Informed Consent*
Manikins
Neck
Needles
Needlestick Injuries*
Nursing*
Students, Nursing
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