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Title: Student nurses' attitudes towards cancer
Authors: Farrugia, Maureen
Keywords: Nurses -- Attitudes -- Malta
Cancer -- Patients -- Malta
Cancer -- Nursing -- Malta
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Farrugia, M. (2009). Student nurses' attitudes towards cancer (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Despite the knowledge student nurses obtain during the course of their studies, it appears that they still possess negative attitudes towards cancer. Nursing students' attitudes towards cancer has raised important questions about the implications of this, in relation to the quality of care provision for their patients. This has led the student researcher to carry out a small scale study with the aim of exploring student nurses' attitudes towards cancer. This study also aims to discover whether student nurses feel that these attitudes can be influenced by the theoretical and/or clinical components of the oncology module. The study was conducted using a quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional approach. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to a convenience sample of 24 student nurses, presently in their last year of a nursing course, at the Institute of Health Care. All student nurses in the sample responded the questionnaire. The study obtained a total response rate and apart from the quantitative data, some qualitative data was also obtained. Student nurses' attitudes appear to be affected by general feelings and emotions towards cancer; the beliefs that they hold about the disease and its' treatment through their actions and behaviors. Although findings demonstrate that student nurses actually hold negative views towards cancer, the majority of the respondents themselves feel that in general student nurses hold positive attitudes towards cancer. Education and experience appear to be an influential factor, since the majority of the participants feel that their attitudes are influenced by these. Moreover, nursing students claim that with education and more professional experience, their views towards cancer can be improved. As a result of these findings the provision of more clinical experience in oncology wards during their course of studies and further research about the impact of attitudes for student nurses is recommended.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 2009
Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2009

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