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Nurses’ Knowledge and Anxiety Levels toward COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia

Medical Surgical Department, Faculty of Nursing, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
Academic Editor: Richard Gray
Received: 2 March 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 6 May 2021 / Published: 10 May 2021
Background: In the battle against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, medical care staff, especially nurses, are at a higher risk of encountering psychological health issues and distress, such as stress, tension, burdensome indications, and, most importantly, fear. They are also at higher risk of becoming infected and transmitting this virus. In Saudi Arabia, it was noticed that the healthcare workforce suffered from anxiety, and that this more evident in women than men. Objective: This study aimed to assess the knowledge of nurses regarding COVID-19 and the level of anxiety toward the COVID-19 outbreak in the current pandemic situation. Design: A cross-sectional design was used and a validated self-administered online questionnaire with a set of questions related to COVID-19 was distributed to 87 participating nurses. Results: The results showed that more than half of the nurses (71.90%) had an adequate and good knowledge about the causes, transmission, symptoms, treatment, and death rate of COVID-19. The main sources of information for the nurses were social media (51.7%) and the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health (36.8%). Conclusions: The results allowed the conclusion that, though the nurses had satisfactory knowledge about COVID-19, more than 50% of them experienced mental health issues such as anxiety. To address this, along with providing more knowledge about COVID-19, nurses should be supported in managing their anxiety. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus; COVID-19; epidemic; psychological impact; mental health; psychiatry; stress; anxiety; Saudi Arabia; nurse coronavirus; COVID-19; epidemic; psychological impact; mental health; psychiatry; stress; anxiety; Saudi Arabia; nurse
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Alsharif, F. Nurses’ Knowledge and Anxiety Levels toward COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia. Nurs. Rep. 2021, 11, 356-363. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nursrep11020034

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Alsharif F. Nurses’ Knowledge and Anxiety Levels toward COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia. Nursing Reports. 2021; 11(2):356-363. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nursrep11020034

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Alsharif, Fatmah. 2021. "Nurses’ Knowledge and Anxiety Levels toward COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia" Nursing Reports 11, no. 2: 356-363. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nursrep11020034

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