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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161106
Type:
Presentation
Title:
RN-BS Completion Students' Learning Needs and Attitudes Toward Older Adults
Abstract:
RN-BS Completion Students' Learning Needs and Attitudes Toward Older Adults
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2006
Author:Koren, Mary Elaine, DNSc, MSN, BSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Northern Illinois University
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, 1240 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL, 60115, USA
Contact Telephone:(815) 753-0469
Co-Authors:Judith E. Hertz, PhD, MSN, BSN, R, Assistant Professor; Donna Munroe, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Associate Professor; Jeanette Rossetti, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN, Assistant Professor; and Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, CS, Faculty
Purpose: The aim was to identify the learning needs and attitudes toward older adults of currently enrolled RNs in a baccalaureate program (RN-BS students) at a Midwestern university school of nursing. Significance: The older adult population is expected to almost double in size by 2030. Nurse educators must ensure that graduates are well prepared to care for this population. Positive attitudes toward older adults and greater gerontological knowledge have been linked to gerontology curricula. Student input provides important evidence on which to base curriculum development. Theoretical Framework: This cross-sectional descriptive survey was part of a larger study based on Participatory Action Research (PAR). Subjects: A convenience sample of RN-BS students was recruited from all enrolled students using informational letters and survey distribution at the end of classes. Seventy-one students with a mean age of 39 (range= 22-54) responded. Over 98% were currently employed, primarily in hospitals (73%). On average, 43% of their patients were older adults. Method: Students completed two self-report instruments: (a) the AGED inventory (Knox et al. 1995), to measure attitudes and (b) an investigator-developed learning needs assessment assessed perceived gerontological knowledge and pursuit of knowledge, perceived confidence and comfort levels in caring for older adults, gerontological topics, and demographic and professional experiential information. Results: Descriptive statistics, correlations, multiple regression, and factor analysis were used to analyze data. Students reported positive attitudes and identified five learning themes. Perceived knowledge and (a) comfort (r = .50), (b) confidence (r = .67) and (c) intent to pursue gerontological knowledge (r = .38) were significantly correlated. Neither age nor experiential variables were significant predictors of leaning needs or attitudes. Conclusions: These findings have implications for planning evidence-based educational programs in gerontology for RN-BS students.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRN-BS Completion Students' Learning Needs and Attitudes Toward Older Adultsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161106-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">RN-BS Completion Students' Learning Needs and Attitudes Toward Older Adults</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Koren, Mary Elaine, DNSc, MSN, BSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Northern Illinois University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, 1240 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL, 60115, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(815) 753-0469</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">mkoren@niu.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Judith E. Hertz, PhD, MSN, BSN, R, Assistant Professor; Donna Munroe, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Associate Professor; Jeanette Rossetti, EdD, MSN, BSN, RN, Assistant Professor; and Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, CS, Faculty</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The aim was to identify the learning needs and attitudes toward older adults of currently enrolled RNs in a baccalaureate program (RN-BS students) at a Midwestern university school of nursing. Significance: The older adult population is expected to almost double in size by 2030. Nurse educators must ensure that graduates are well prepared to care for this population. Positive attitudes toward older adults and greater gerontological knowledge have been linked to gerontology curricula. Student input provides important evidence on which to base curriculum development. Theoretical Framework: This cross-sectional descriptive survey was part of a larger study based on Participatory Action Research (PAR). Subjects: A convenience sample of RN-BS students was recruited from all enrolled students using informational letters and survey distribution at the end of classes. Seventy-one students with a mean age of 39 (range= 22-54) responded. Over 98% were currently employed, primarily in hospitals (73%). On average, 43% of their patients were older adults. Method: Students completed two self-report instruments: (a) the AGED inventory (Knox et al. 1995), to measure attitudes and (b) an investigator-developed learning needs assessment assessed perceived gerontological knowledge and pursuit of knowledge, perceived confidence and comfort levels in caring for older adults, gerontological topics, and demographic and professional experiential information. Results: Descriptive statistics, correlations, multiple regression, and factor analysis were used to analyze data. Students reported positive attitudes and identified five learning themes. Perceived knowledge and (a) comfort (r = .50), (b) confidence (r = .67) and (c) intent to pursue gerontological knowledge (r = .38) were significantly correlated. Neither age nor experiential variables were significant predictors of leaning needs or attitudes. Conclusions: These findings have implications for planning evidence-based educational programs in gerontology for RN-BS students.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:16:00Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:16:00Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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