An investigation of two groups of registered nurses comparing attitudes toward the elderly and the ability to differentiate signs, symptoms and interventions with dementia and depression in the elderly

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dc.contributor.advisor Arndt, Mary J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Coon, Sharon K. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:36:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:36:11Z
dc.date.created 1992 en_US
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1992 .C67 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/184552
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to compare two groups of nurses's attitudes towards the elderly and the knowledge base of the nurses as to signs, symptoms and interventions with depression and dementia in the elderly. The theoretical framework for this study was Oren's (1985) self-care deficit theory. Attitude was measured using the Koan Attitude Toward Old People Scale (Koan, 1961) and knowledge was measured using a scale developed by (Myton, Allen, and Baldwin, 1991).The population studied was registered nurses working at these state hospitals in a midwestern state and agency nurses from four agencies that provide staff coverage at these hospitals. The convenience sample consisted of state nurses (n=65) and agency nurses (n=38). A cover letter explaining confidentiality and voluntary participation was attached to each survey. Completion of the survey constituted consent to participate in the study. There were no identified risks related to participation in the study.The study did not identify significant differences between groups in any of the variables involving attitude toward the elderly, ability to differentiate signs, symptoms, and interventions for dementia and depression in the elderly. Both groups were able to correctly identify signs, symptoms and interventions for dementia and depression about one-half the time. The treatment modalities are different for dementia and depression. The problem is significant because if signs, symptoms and interventions are not identified correctly the patient will not be assisted toward recovery and self-care may decrease. The recommendation for increased inservice education on gerontological nursing are applicable to both groups.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Nursing
dc.format.extent vi, 139 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Nurses -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older people -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Geriatric nursing. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older people -- Mental health. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Older people -- Care. en_US
dc.title An investigation of two groups of registered nurses comparing attitudes toward the elderly and the ability to differentiate signs, symptoms and interventions with dementia and depression in the elderly en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/845954 en_US


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