Attitudes of nurses toward cancer and the cancer patient Public Deposited

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  • One forty-item questionnaire (Cancer Nursing Outreach Program Evaluation Tool) and one twenty-item questionnaire (Cancer Attitude Survey) were submitted to a randomly selected population of 200 employed associate, diploma and baccalaureate degree nurses distributed among numerous practice settings in the State of Oregon. Data were analyzed using Analysis of Variance (fixed design), Exact Tukey q and Pearson Product Moment Correlations. Selected Findings The three-way analysis of variance revealed that statistically significant differences existed among nurses' attitude mean scores based on location of nursing practice, clinical exposure to cancer patients and educational achievement. Nurses practicing in the community obtained more positive attitude mean scores than did nurses practicing in the hospital. Nurses caring for six or more cancer patients each month for one year achieved more positive mean scores than did nurses without this exposure. Nurses completing two dydactic cancer theory courses (102 hours) obtained more positive mean scores than nurses without this education. Hospital-based nurses with educational achievement had significantly higher mean scores than did the hospital-based nurses without educational exposure. However, community-based nurses with or without educational achievement obtained more positive mean scores than did the hospital-based nurses with educational achievement. Selected Recommendations 1. Nurses contemplating employment in the field of oncological nursing could be assisted with examination of their attitudes by using an attitudinal measurement instrument. 2. The effects of location of nursing practice, clinical exposure and educational achievement on the attitudes of nurses toward cancer and the cancer patient could serve as a basis for determining ongoing attitudinal trends. 3. An evaluation of the unique patterns of attitudes currently existing within a cancer staff and a comparison of these patterns with other cancer and non-cancer health care professionals should be made. 4. Cancer educational programs identified as important for hospital and community based nurses could be established and made accessible to nurses by the organizations and institutions employing them.
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