Factors associated with nursing students’ attitudes toward older people : A scoping review

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Venables, Helen, Wells, Yvonne, Fetherstonhaugh, Deirdre and Wallace, Heather. (2021). Factors associated with nursing students’ attitudes toward older people : A scoping review. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. 44(1), pp. 131-150. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2021.2012466
AuthorsVenables, Helen, Wells, Yvonne, Fetherstonhaugh, Deirdre and Wallace, Heather
Abstract

Nursing students rate geriatric nursing poorly in career preferences, but aging populations mean more older people require access to health care. Negative attitudes held by nursing students can lead to ageism affecting the quality of care provided. The purpose of this scoping review is to summarize research findings in the published literature relating to factors associated with nursing students’ attitudes toward older people, and the tools used to measure these attitudes. The Joanna Briggs Institute guide for conducting a scoping review was used. Eleven databases and search engines were searched for international peer reviewed research articles published in English between January 2000 and February 2021. Sixteen articles were included in the review. This review highlights areas for affirmative action to improve undergraduate nursing students’ attitudes toward older people to prepare them to work effectively in future health care systems. Positive attitudes were associated with: senior years of study; professional values (caring, professionalism, trust); education regarding care of older adults; knowledge about aging; contact with older family members; comfort communicating with older people; and willingness to work with older people following graduation. It also identified the need for a current, nursing-specific measure of attitudes toward older people.

Keywordsaged; attitudes; nursing student; older people
Year2021
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Journal citation44 (1), pp. 131-150
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0270-1960
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2021.2012466
PubMed ID34927567
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85121736566
Page range131-150
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