A cross-sectional view of Australian undergraduate nurses' perceptions of working with older people

Neville, Christine (2015) A cross-sectional view of Australian undergraduate nurses' perceptions of working with older people. Collegian, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2015.05.003


Author Neville, Christine
Title A cross-sectional view of Australian undergraduate nurses' perceptions of working with older people
Journal name Collegian   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
1876-7575
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2015.05.003
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The aim of this study was to understand undergraduate nurses’ perceptions of working with older people. This important issue has implications for stakeholders such as the nursing profession, educators, aged care providers and governments concerned about who is going to care for the increasing population of older people. Thirty-one Australian Universities that offered undergraduate nursing programmes were invited to participate in this cross-sectional study. A convenience sample of undergraduate nurses (N = 886) from eight universities participated. The Students’ Perceptions of Working with Older People questionnaire measured perceptions of working with older people in general, personal disposition towards or intention to work with older people and perceptions of the consequences of working with older people. When the students’ perceptions of working with older people in general were measured, students agreed that it is mainly about basic care. On the other hand, they indicated that working with older people is challenging, interesting and stimulating. In relation to a disposition towards or intention to work with older people they were ambivalent about their first clinical placement and were non-committal about working with older people when they qualified. This topic is relevant because the link between perceptions of working with older people and exposure to older people during undergraduate study warrants a great deal of attention as all nurses will need to understand older people and the care they need.
Keyword Ageism
Nursing education
Nursing student attitudes
Older adults
Workforce
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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