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Korean J healthc assoc Infect Control Prev 2020; 25(2): 137-145

Published online December 31, 2020 https://doi.org/10.14192/kjicp.2020.25.2.137

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Educational Needs of Infection Control Nurses in Long-term Care Hospitals in Korea

Og Son Kim1, Sun Young Jeong2, Kyung Mi Kim3

Department of Nursing Science, Korea Christian University1, Seoul, College of Nursing, Konyang University2, Daejeon, Department of Nursing Science, College of Medicine, Chungbuk National University3, Cheongju, Korea

Correspondence to: Kyung Mi Kim
E-mail: icpkim@chungbuk.ac.kr
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9799-0677

Received: November 17, 2020; Revised: December 2, 2020; Accepted: December 2, 2020

Abstract

Background: This study was conducted to identify the educational needs of infection control nurses (ICNs) in long-term care hospitals and to develop educational programs that reflect their needs.
Methods: This was a descriptive survey. The participants were 104 ICNs in long-term care hospitals. Data were collected between June and August 2019. A paired t-test was used to compare differences between the importance and knowledge of infection control. Educational needs were analyzed by applying the Borich needs assessment model.
Results: The contents of infection control education were judged important for all 43 items with scores of 8.5 or higher. The level of educational needs was followed by microbiology, ICNs’ role and function, and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria management, when the Borich formula of the Borich needs assessment model was applied. When applying the locus for focus model, there were high educational needs for isolation precautions, environmental management of isolation rooms, use of personal protective equipment, infection control of healthcare-associated pathogens, management of antibacterial-resistant bacteria, and tuberculosis infection control.
Conclusion: Based on this study, developing and operating education programs that are suitable for the characteristics of nursing hospitals will help increase the infection control capabilities of long-term care hospital ICNs.

Keywords: Long-term care, Hospitals, Infection control, Nurses, Education

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