Predictors for nursing students’ perception of working with older people

  • Trang Phuc Thien Duong
  • Phuong Thi Ngoc Nguyen
Keywords: perception, knowledge, attitude, older people, nursing students

Abstract

Introduction: The increasing number of older people around the world has increased the demand for elderly care nursing services. Understanding nursing perceptions can identify willingness to work with older people.

Objective: This study aims to determine predictors for nursing students’ perception of working with older people.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed on 292 nursing students at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy. Stratified random sampling with an online self-reporting questionnaire was used to collect data from first- to fourth-year nursing students. Data analysis was performed using SPSS 20. Independent t-test, ANOVA and Pearson’s correlation were utilised to determine the correlation of demographic variables, knowledge and attitude with perception. Moreover, multiple linear regression was applied to determine predictors for the perception of working with older people.

Results: The mean score of perception of working with older people amongst undergraduate nursing students was 51.79±6.31. Factors related to perception include gender (p=0.004), geriatric nursing choice (p=0.007), knowledge about ageing (p=0.001) and attitude towards older people (p<0.001). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that gender (β=−0.149, p=0.005), geriatric nursing choice (β=0.154, p=0.003), knowledge about ageing (β=0.122, p=0.021) and attitude towards older people (β=0.367, p<0.001) are predictors for the perception of working with older people.

Conclusion: An in-depth understanding of ageing and attitude towards older people in the geriatric curriculum plays a vital role in promoting nursing students’ perception of working with older people. 

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Published
2022-07-05