ERIC Number: ED244207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Registered Nurses' Changes in Knowledge about Aging.
Hagan, Winifred B.
Past research and educational efforts in gerontological nursing have revealed that nursing care of the older person has received a low priority by practicing nurses and nursing students. To measure registered nurses' changes in knowledge about aging, nine registered nurses (mean age, 30.7 years, mean number of years nursing experience, 6.9) completed Palmore's Facts on Aging Quiz (FAQ). The quiz was administered prior to and following participation in a 15-hour course on nursing care of the acutely ill, hospitalized older person. An analysis of the results showed that the nurses' cognitive base about aging had been expanded and that some of their misconceptions had been altered as a result of the educational course. Mean pretest score on the FAQ was 29 (out of 50), while the mean posttest score was 33.3. Posttest score gains were attributed to learning and to a decreased number of don't know answers (45 on the pretest to 4 on the posttest). The nurses' bias toward the aged was positive on both tests (the pretest showed a 7.7 percent net bias and the posttest showed a 4.0 percent net bias), a condition that may have facilitated their learning the content and benefiting from the program's experiential activities. Future evaluations, however, should focus on the effects of implementing theoretical content in the clinical setting and on attitudinal changes, neither of which can be measured by the FAQ. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Facts on Aging Quiz (Palmore)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (36th, San Francisco, CA, November 17-22, 1983).