Pradhiba S. P. M.
Abstract: Hand hygiene in the health care setting is considered as an important infection control measure in the prevention of hospital acquired infections.The objective structured clinical examination is used tohelp students to gain confidence to use their skills in their clinical work. A pre experimental one group pre test post test study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of objective structured clinical examination on knowledge and practice regarding Hand Washing Technique among 1st year B.SC Nursing students in selected College of Nursing, Tamil Nadu.Methods: The sample size comprise of 30 students. Convenient sampling technique was used to select the samples. Knowledge questionnaire consist of 45 multiple choice questions and Observational checklist.Results: In comparison of pre-test and post-test level of knowledge pre test mean score was 20 with the standard deviation of 3.52 and post test mean score was 30 with the standard deviation 4.1 and t value is 2.604 which shows highly significant at p<0.01 level, thus stated that there would be a significant difference between pretest and post test level of knowledge among 1st year B.Sc nursing students was accepted. Conclusion: it was concluded that efforts are needed to improve the hand hygiene practices among nursing students.
Keywords: Objective structured clinical examination, Practice, Hand Washing, Hospital acquired infections, nursing students, OSCE, nosocomial infection, hand hygiene