Levels and predictors of knowledge and attitudes regarding pain among israeli baccalaureate nursing students and nurses pursuing specialty certification

Chaya Greenberger, Hiba Reches, Shoshana Riba

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Abstract

This paper presents the research conducted in 2003 by the Nursing Division of the Israeli Ministry of Health regarding the level of and predictors of pain knowledge and attitudes of Israeli nursing students and certifying nurses, in the context of the Division's educational policy. Cross-sectional descriptive in design, the research included first and fourth year baccalaureate students and nurses beginning and completing certification programs (N= 1149). Knowledge and attitudes, educational level, experience and success in pain care were examined via a questionnaire based on the McCaffery and Ferrell and Riddell and Fitche tools. Student's t-test, Pearson correlations and ANOVA were used for data analysis. Educational level was the strongest predictor of knowledge and attitudes among nursing students and certifying nurses, contributing most of the 42.8% explained variance. Small significant contributions were made by other variables. This indicates that formal education is a good vehicle for enhancing knowledge and attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Curricula
  • Knowledge
  • Nursing education
  • Pain care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education

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