ERIC Number: ED289399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
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Time Perspective on Nursing Students and Its Relationship to Nursing Care Planning.
The relationships among time perspective, mood, age, and an academic grade point average (GPA) and goal-writing abilities were investigated in 123 senior baccalaureate nursing students from three university programs. Time perspective--past, present, and future--was measured by an Experiential Inventory, Circles/Line Test, and two Opinion Surveys. A total goal-writing proficiency score was obtained comprising measures of relevance, specificity, and usefulness of the goals written by students in response to a hypothetical clinical story. Results of the data analysis indicate an absence in relationship between the goal-writing proficiency scores and the time perspectives, mood, or GPAs held by the students. Twelve subjects who perceived their past, present, and future as interrelated periods of time demonstrated greater proficiency in total goal-writing abilities than the remainder, who conceptualized their time zones in automistic patterns. Students with GPAs above 3.09 wrote more relevant goals but were not found proficient in the total goal-writing process. Subjects reporting a positive mood--happy, healthy, optimistic, or excited--held a more future time perspective than did those who were sad, pessimistic, sick, or bored. Mood did not influence goal-writing ability. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Research in Nursing Education Conference (5th, San Francisco, CA, January 15, 1987).