Nursing students' perceptions of older people: Continuing society's myths

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Moyle, Wendy
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Margaret McMillian
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2003
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This study aimed to identify student nurses’ views of older people as a means of offering insight into how these perceptions might influence where students choose to work and the care they might provide to older people. A structured questionnaire comprising of eight questions and demographic data was used to survey undergraduate nursing students (n=103). Findings indicate that nursing students are continuing society’s myths of older people being frail and declining in health. There is a need to challenge society’s attitudes so older people become valued and the aged care working environment also becomes a desirable place in which to work. Changes needed in nursing education are also suggested.

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Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
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20
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4
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© 2003 Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
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