The Effects of a Nursing Fundamentals Course on the Attitudes of Beginning Nursing Students Toward Older Persons

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308594
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Effects of a Nursing Fundamentals Course on the Attitudes of Beginning Nursing Students Toward Older Persons
Author(s):
Capp, Sheila Jean; Williams, Margaret; Voss, Autumn; Vahle, Barbara G; Darbyshire, Ashley R
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Pi Pi
Author Details:
Sheila Jean Capp, PhD, MSN, scapp@brcn.edu; Margaret Williams, PhD, RN, CNE; Autumn Voss, MSN; Barbara G Vahle, MSN; Ashley R Darbyshire, MSN-ED
Abstract:

Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013

As the baby boomers are aging there is a progressive shift in the numbers of older Americans.  Nursing education needs to be responsive to the changing demographics and intentionally design strategies to incorporate gerontology content into course and clinical experiences. Societal influences and lack of understanding about generational differences may cause nursing students to enter their educational program with negative attitudes toward older adults.

The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a nursing fundamentals course on the attitudes of beginning nursing students toward older persons. The nursing fundamentals clinical experiences were intentionally designed with well elderly adults to foster realistic and positive interactions. The research questions were:

  1. Is there a significant difference in the attitudes of beginning nursing students toward older adults before and after the nursing fundamentals course?
  2. Are there personal characteristics or experiences of beginning nursing students that are related to positive or negative attitudes toward older adults?

The study used mixed methods. A pre-experimental design of one group pre-test post-test was used with reflective qualitative questions included in the post-test. A convenience sample of 87 students enrolled in the first clinical course participated in the study. The participants were female (77%) , Caucasian (90%) and in the 18-22 (84%) year old age group.  Three tools were used in the study. A demographic questionnaire was completed by each student, along with the Kogan’s Attitudes Toward Older People Scale (KOP) at the beginning of the course. A different version of the KOP was used at the end of the course, along with 4 qualitative questions.

There were statistically significant correlations between pre-course and post-course attitudes. There were no significant differences between pre-test and post-test KOP scores; however, several major themes emerged from the qualitative data that reflected positive attitudinal changes.

Keywords:
beginning nursing students; educational intervention; geriatric communication
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Effects of a Nursing Fundamentals Course on the Attitudes of Beginning Nursing Students Toward Older Personsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCapp, Sheila Jeanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Margareten_GB
dc.contributor.authorVoss, Autumnen_GB
dc.contributor.authorVahle, Barbara Gen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDarbyshire, Ashley Ren_GB
dc.contributor.departmentPi Pien_GB
dc.author.detailsSheila Jean Capp, PhD, MSN, scapp@brcn.edu; Margaret Williams, PhD, RN, CNE; Autumn Voss, MSN; Barbara G Vahle, MSN; Ashley R Darbyshire, MSN-EDen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308594-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>As the baby boomers are aging there is a progressive shift in the numbers of older Americans.  Nursing education needs to be responsive to the changing demographics and intentionally design strategies to incorporate gerontology content into course and clinical experiences. Societal influences and lack of understanding about generational differences may cause nursing students to enter their educational program with negative attitudes toward older adults. <p>The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a nursing fundamentals course on the attitudes of beginning nursing students toward older persons. The nursing fundamentals clinical experiences were intentionally designed with well elderly adults to foster realistic and positive interactions. The research questions were: <ol> <li>Is there a significant difference in the attitudes of beginning nursing students toward older adults before and after the nursing fundamentals course?</li> <li>Are there personal characteristics or experiences of beginning nursing students that are related to positive or negative attitudes toward older adults?</li> </ol><p>The study used mixed methods. A pre-experimental design of one group pre-test post-test was used with reflective qualitative questions included in the post-test. A convenience sample of 87 students enrolled in the first clinical course participated in the study. The participants were female (77%) , Caucasian (90%) and in the 18-22 (84%) year old age group.  Three tools were used in the study. A demographic questionnaire was completed by each student, along with the Kogan’s Attitudes Toward Older People Scale (KOP) at the beginning of the course. A different version of the KOP was used at the end of the course, along with 4 qualitative questions. <p>There were statistically significant correlations between pre-course and post-course attitudes. There were no significant differences between pre-test and post-test KOP scores; however, several major themes emerged from the qualitative data that reflected positive attitudinal changes.en_GB
dc.subjectbeginning nursing studentsen_GB
dc.subjecteducational interventionen_GB
dc.subjectgeriatric communicationen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:33:22Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:33:22Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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