Academic department under which the project should be listed

WCHHS - Nursing

Faculty Sponsor Name

Modpue Adewuyi

Additional Faculty

Kathleen Morales, University of West Georgia, kmorales@westga.edu

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Background: The current global prevalence of dementia is estimated to increase from 55.2 million to 78 million in 2030 and 139 million in 2050. Prelicensure student nurses must be educated to have knowledge and skills in providing dementia care as well as positive attitudes.

Aim: To assess prelicensure nursing students' attitudes towards people living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: This is secondary data analysis of the data collected in an ongoing Mixed-Methods study investigating the impact of clinical experiential learning on prelicensure nursing students' dementia knowledge, attitudes, and skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data was collected via an anonymous Qualtrics survey from recruited ≥18 years prelicensure nursing students who have had clinical experience since 2020. The survey included demographic questions and Dementia Attitude Scale. A total of 27 completed surveys were included in this secondary analysis. Descriptive statistical analysis of the data was computed.

Results: Majority of the participants were females (n=24, 89%) with ages ranging from 19-51 and enrolled in a traditional track of a baccalaureate nursing program (n=18, 67%). Many of the participants (n = 24,89%) indicated that they admire the coping skills of people with dementia and that people with dementia can enjoy life (n=27,100%). However, some participants indicated that they are not familiar with dementia (n = 12,44%) and few (n=7,26%) indicated that they would avoid a person living with dementia having agitative behaviors.

Conclusions: This analysis results suggest that prelicensure student nurses could benefit from dementia education to improve their familiarization with dementia and attitudes towards persons living with dementia having agitative behaviors.

Keywords: Prelicensure nursing students, dementia care, COVID-19 pandemic, attitude

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing | Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Project Type

Poster

How will this be presented?

Yes, in person

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Nursing Students' Attitude Towards People Living with Dementia during COVID-19 pandemic.

Background: The current global prevalence of dementia is estimated to increase from 55.2 million to 78 million in 2030 and 139 million in 2050. Prelicensure student nurses must be educated to have knowledge and skills in providing dementia care as well as positive attitudes.

Aim: To assess prelicensure nursing students' attitudes towards people living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods: This is secondary data analysis of the data collected in an ongoing Mixed-Methods study investigating the impact of clinical experiential learning on prelicensure nursing students' dementia knowledge, attitudes, and skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data was collected via an anonymous Qualtrics survey from recruited ≥18 years prelicensure nursing students who have had clinical experience since 2020. The survey included demographic questions and Dementia Attitude Scale. A total of 27 completed surveys were included in this secondary analysis. Descriptive statistical analysis of the data was computed.

Results: Majority of the participants were females (n=24, 89%) with ages ranging from 19-51 and enrolled in a traditional track of a baccalaureate nursing program (n=18, 67%). Many of the participants (n = 24,89%) indicated that they admire the coping skills of people with dementia and that people with dementia can enjoy life (n=27,100%). However, some participants indicated that they are not familiar with dementia (n = 12,44%) and few (n=7,26%) indicated that they would avoid a person living with dementia having agitative behaviors.

Conclusions: This analysis results suggest that prelicensure student nurses could benefit from dementia education to improve their familiarization with dementia and attitudes towards persons living with dementia having agitative behaviors.

Keywords: Prelicensure nursing students, dementia care, COVID-19 pandemic, attitude

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