Knowledge and Attitude of Nursing Students Towards Mentoring Program in Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Keywords:Mentoring, knowledge, attitude, students
Introduction: Mentoring is one of the important elements in education as it includes orientation to enhance the tutors’ role, integrating into the education community, teaching and leadership development, scholarship, and service skills. Despite the positive feedbacks and comments on mentoring program, the knowledge and attitude of students towards any problems faced are still unknown or unclear. Thus, this study aims to investigate the knowledge and attitude among nursing students on mentoring program in Kulliyyah of Nursing in IIUM Kuantan.
Methods: A quantitative cross- sectional study with convenience sampling was conducted on 188 undergraduate nursing students between October to December 2020. Data were collected via online platform (google form) invited through WhatsApp or email. The questionnaires consist of sociodemographic profile, knowledge, and attitude towards mentoring program.
Results: Most students age between 22 to 23 years old (59.5%). Students mainly perceived good knowledge and positive attitude towards mentoring program. There were no association seen between sociodemographic profile and knowledge towards mentoring program (gender p=0.120; age p=0.165; year of study p=0.188) and attitude to mentoring program (gender p=0.241; age p=0.442; year of study p=0.720). However, there was a correlation between knowledge and attitude of nursing students towards mentoring program in Kulliyyah of Nursing (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The study revealed there were no effect of sociodemographic profile on knowledge and attitude, however demonstrated of association between their knowledge and attitudes to mentoring program. Thus, the study basically showed that by having a good knowledge on the program, they will tend to have good attitudes and involved in the program accordingly. This finding further implied that more awareness on mentoring program should be executed to boost the student knowledge and attitude. Further research should be explored to look onto students’ needs and how to assist the student through mentoring.
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