Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Luz S. Porter

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Hernando Gonzales

Third Advisor's Name

Terri Frock

Date of Defense



This pretest/posttest control group study design sought to determine the effects of an AIDS education program on nurses' knowledge, attitudes and intention to behave toward HIV-positive/AIDS patients. The study, based on Ajzen and Fishbein's Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA), was conducted on a sample of 90 nurses (exp=45 Ss; con=45 Ss), randomly selected from among those employed in one large medical center in South Florida. Only the experimental group participated in a 2-hour AIDS education program. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics, which included t-tests for non-independent samples and Pearson's correlation coefficients. Significance level was set at p.05. Pretest findings revealed both groups were moderately knowledgeable about AIDS, and moderately positive in attitude and intention to care for HIV/AIDS patients. Whereas both groups made significant gains in posttest scores, the experimental group yielded significantly higher scores than the control group in all three outcome measures, supporting the hypotheses. The subjects when categorized according to their sociodemographic characteristics, changes in their knowledge, attitude and intention levels were found to have no significant correlations. The effectiveness of an AIDS Education Program on bringing about positive changes in nurses' knowledge, attitude and behavioral intention to care for patients with HIV/AIDS, is evident in this study, providing empirical validation of the Theory of Reasoned Action.



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