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Aim: To evaluate the effectiveness of structured education on safe handling and disposal of chemotherapeutic drugs among nursing students

participants and setting: A pre-experimental one group pre-test – post-test design was adopted for this study. The study was conducted in Vandhana school of Nursing, Kodhad, telugana, India. The investigator selected 40 nursing students who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected by using simple random sampling technique.

Intervention: Data was collected regarding demographic variable, knowledge and attitude of the diploma in nursing students on safe handling and disposal of chemotherapeutic drugs.The investigator assessed the level of knowledge and attitude of the diploma in nursing students by using structured questionnaire and modified three point Likert Scale and by using checklist through one to one teaching by lecture, demonstration, video clippings and verbalization. Structured teaching programme was conducted on the same day on group wise each group consists of 17members. Data collection was done in English the questionnaire was distributed to each nursing students. At the end of the teaching the doubts were cleared.  Then 10 minutes was allotted for discussion.

Measurement and findings: The analysis finding indicates clearly that 36% of students had inadequate knowledge and 46% of them had negative attitude regarding safe handling and disposal of chemotherapeutic drugs. A well planned structured teaching programme given to the same group. The effectiveness of programme showed high level of significant at p<0.001 level. It showed that structured teaching programme was an effective method to improve the knowledge and attitude.

Conclusion: The pharmacist-based interventions improved the knowledge of nursing students in cytotoxic drug handling. Further assessment may help to confirm the sustainability of the improved practices.


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