Author(s): Sderhamn O, Lindencrona C, Gustavsson SM, Sderhamn O, Lindencrona C, Gustavsson SM, Sderhamn O, Lindencrona C, Gustavsson SM, Sderhamn O, Lindencrona C, Gustavsson SM
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Abstract Geriatric nursing is generally not considered to be a popular branch of nursing among Swedish nursing students and registered nurses. It is, therefore, important for nurse educators and others with responsibilities for the development of nursing to pay attention to trends of importance for the care of the elderly. Attitudes - conceptualized as feelings, knowledge, and readiness to act - may be one important factor. It has been reported that feelings toward older people may change with experience, age and gender. The aim of this study was to measure feelings toward older people among nursing students and registered nurses. A convenience sample of 151 undergraduate nursing students and 41 registered nurses in Sweden participated in the study. Data were collected through Kogan's Old People scale. The results confirmed earlier findings and showed that limited previous experience of care of older people, age <25 years, and male gender were significant factors for showing less favourable feelings towards the aged. In the education of nurses, goal-directed experience of elderly care is recommended in order to create positive feelings towards and interest in older people among students. It is also suggested that special considerations should be given to very young students and male students. Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
This article was published in Nurse Educ Today
and referenced in Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research