AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Effect of substance abuse lecture on baccalaureate nursing students' attitudes toward opioid-addicted patients

by Denise Greenwood

Institution: Colorado State University – Pueblo
Year: 2016
Keywords: Stigma; Stereotypes; Bias; Therapeutic attitudes; Nursing students  – Colorado  – Attitudes; Drug addicts  – Care  – Colorado; Nursing  – Study and teaching  – Colorado; Opioid abuse
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2126819
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).