Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Elizabeth Tinnon

Advisor Department



Proper hand hygiene techniques have been widely accepted as the most effective way for health care workers to prevent the spread of diseases. The main focus of this research was to determine differences between nursing students’ semester level and their knowledge of proper hand hygiene techniques. A convenience sample was obtained from the nursing student population. The sample population included nursing students enrolled in the second, third, and fourth semester in nursing school. Data collected was analyzed using SPSS version Twenty. A Parametric and descriptive statistics were used to measure the magnitude of relationships between variables, and describe students’ knowledge regarding hand hygiene. As a result, student’s overall knowledge of proper hand hygiene was calculated as a mean score of 7.19 out of a possible 10. An F statistic also suggested that there is no difference in semester level and correct knowledge of hand hygiene. This study contributes to the field of nursing by recommending that the teaching of hand hygiene techniques be taught with more hands on activities and faculty members continue to emphasize the importance of hand hygiene each semester.

Included in

Nursing Commons