• Raad Kareem Faraj Community Health Nursing Department, College of Nursing, University of Baghdad, Iraq


Hand washing, Practices, Skills, Nursing students


The current study aims at assessing handwashing practices and skills among undergraduate students. A descriptive analytical design is initiated for the period from January 1st to June 1st, 2019 to achieve the purposes of the study. The setting of the study includes four colleges at the University of Baghdad. Simple random sampling was used to select the colleges by lottery methods, while the students were selected by a non-probability convenient sample that included 200  students. The questionnaire of the study was designed and adopted from the study of Keerthana et al. by the researcher and consists of three parts: the first part contains the covering letter and the demographic variables of the students; the second part is concerned with hand washing practices; and the third part includes hand washing skills. The data have been collected through the utilization of the self-administrative report as a means of data collection. The students are showing a good level of hand washing practices among almost all hand washing practices. The students are showing good skills in hand washing among all items on the scale. There is a significant difference in hand washing practices and skills with regard to students’ gender, academic stage, residency, and socioeconomic status (p-value = 0.001). The study concluded that students are showing sufficient hand washing skills and good hand washing practices, but they need to improve their practices in hand washing. The study recommended strengthening the practices and skills of hand washing among a large population of students and the public and re-conducting the study on a large sample.


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How to Cite

Kareem Faraj, R. (2024). EVALUATION OF HAND WASHING PRACTICES AND SKILLS AMONG UNDERGRADUATE NURSING STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF BAGHDAD . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 24(1), 225–231. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/2412