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ERIC Number: ED512966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 207
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-7725-8
Attitudes toward Poverty of Upper Midwestern Baccalaureate Nursing Students
Randall, Rebecca
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of South Dakota
Poverty is widespread and its consequence of poorer health increases the likelihood that nurses will provide care for poor clients and their families in many health care settings. Although the importance of understanding attitudes toward the poor is recognized, there have been few studies of attitudes of nursing students. The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify attitudes toward poverty of baccalaureate nursing students and identify their beliefs about mechanisms that contribute to poverty. Differences in nursing students' attitudes toward poverty and beliefs about mechanisms that contribute to poverty were examined. The population for this study was composed of junior- or senior-level nursing students enrolled in baccalaureate nursing education programs in the Upper Midwest geographical area in the United States. The results indicated nursing students held neutral attitude toward poverty (M = 3.37) and neutral beliefs about mechanisms contributing to poverty. Students identified volunteer work, employment, and clinical nursing courses as the experiences that had the greatest influence on their attitudes toward poverty and acknowledge the importance of the attribute of caring when working with the poor. Significant differences were found for several variables. Nursing students who identified that their attitude toward poverty was influenced by employment had a less positive attitude toward poverty than nursing students who indicated their attitude toward poverty was influenced by volunteer work or clinical experience. Male students and students 22 years of age and younger had less positive attitudes toward poverty. In order for nurses to have positive interactions with their clients and provide quality care, nurses must understand the relationship between poverty and health. The nurse who understands health disparities can examine institutional policies that might hinder access to care. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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