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Swedish nursing students attitudes towards older people and working in care for older people
Mälardalens högskola.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
Mälardalens högskola.
2012 (English)In: Nordisk Sygeplejeforskning, ISSN 1892-2678, Vol. 2, no 3, 210-221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden the number of old people is increasing. Consequently, there will be a shortage of nurses working within the field of care for the old in the future. It can be a challenge to recruit new nurses, and especially clinical nurse specialized in gerontological care. The aim of the study was to gain knowledge about Swedish nursing students´ attitudes towards older people and towards work in the field of care for older people among a group of Swedish nursing students. The study included 490 nursing students at four universities in Sweden. The participants completed the Swedish version of the Kogan´s Old People Scale that measures attitudes towards older people and working within the field of care for older people. The result showed that students 31 years and older had the highest positive median score. Furthermore, significant differences in positive and negative scores were found related to education levels. Progression in the nursing students’ education contributes to more positive attitudes and less negative attitudes toward older people.

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2012. Vol. 2, no 3, 210-221 p.
Keyword [en]
care for the old, Kogan’s old people scale, nursing education
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-1820OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-1820DiVA: diva2:575114
Available from: 2012-12-07 Created: 2012-12-07Bibliographically approved

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