Assessing ageist behaviours in undergraduate nursing students using the Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) survey

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Frost, Jane
Ranse, Kristen
Grealish, Laurie
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2016
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Aim: To describe the prevalence of ageist behaviours amongst first-year undergraduate nursing students. Methods: A cross-sectional survey design. The Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) survey was administered to first-year undergraduate nursing students in one Australian university. Results: One hundred and eighty-five students responded (response rate (RR) 85.3%). Up to 97.8% of students reported engaging in some ageist behaviours, with positive ageist behaviours ranked highest. Up to 87.5% of the cohort reported engaging in negative behaviours, such as talking slow and loud to an older person. Most students (63.2%) indicated that they would work in aged care in the future. Conclusion: Nursing students report engaging in ageist behaviours that can have a negative effect on their future relationships with older patients. The ROPE survey can be used to make collective ageist behaviours explicit to students. Combining explicit collective information on ageist behaviours with educational strategies is proposed to address ageism in undergraduate nursing curricula.

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Australasian Journal on Ageing

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35

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1

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© 2015 ACOTA. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Assessing ageist behaviours in undergraduate nursing students using the Relating to Older People Evaluation (ROPE) survey, Australasian Journal on Ageing, Volume 35, Issue 1, 2016, Pages 58–61 which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajag.12260. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)

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Biomedical and clinical sciences

Nursing not elsewhere classified

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Psychology

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