|Institution:||Colorado State University – Pueblo|
|Keywords:||Stigma; Stereotypes; Bias; Therapeutic attitudes; Nursing students – Colorado – Attitudes; Drug addicts – Care – Colorado; Nursing – Study and teaching – Colorado; Opioid abuse|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10217/177011|
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a substance abuse lecture on baccalaureate nursing students’ attitudes toward opioid-addicted patients seeking pain relief. The study used a quasi-experimental design with a pre- and post-survey. A convenience sample of sixteen students from a southern Colorado university participated in the study and completed the 'Brief Substance Abuse Attitude Survey' (See Appendix B) before and after a substance abuse lecture (See Appendix C). Results were analyzed using a t-test. A statistically significant (p-value of <0.05) attitudinal change was noted for two of the survey questions (i.e., Question6, with a p-value of 0.02; and Question #11r.*, with a p-value of 0.03). The ratings reflected in this study are consistent with the overall ambivalence and disparity between attitudes ideally held by nurses and those that are actually present. Advisors/Committee Members: Rooney, Peg (advisor), Coram, Cathy (committee member).