Nursing curriculum: Changing students' knowledge and biases towards older adults

Yvonne Diana Parchment, Florida International University

Abstract

Caring for the older adult is a topic debated and discussed at all levels of today's society. Nurses are expected to educate patients and family members about their medications and care following hospitalization or contact with the health care system. The majority of these patients are elderly. The purpose of the study was to determine if a course on aging would affect the knowledge and biases of nursing students in a Baccalaureate nursing program at a Southeast Florida University. Nursing students (N = 52) were surveyed at the beginning of the semester using Palmore's Facts on Aging Quiz that is structured to determine the knowledge and biases of individuals towards the older adult. Students were surveyed before and after the nursing course that had a didactic and clinical component in the hospital setting. Analysis of the data by Chi square and repeated measure ANOVA supported the hypothesis that a course segment on aging would affect the knowledge level of the nursing students and result in changes of their biases toward the older adult. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Education|Gerontology|Health Sciences, Nursing|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Yvonne Diana Parchment, "Nursing curriculum: Changing students' knowledge and biases towards older adults" (January 1, 2002). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI3057596.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3057596

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