Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reducing stigma against patients with serious mental illness among graduate nursing students
by Ronnau, Olivia Milana, M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 53; 1522650
Abstract (Summary)

This project report was designed to determine if education of graduate nursing students regarding stigma against people with serious mental illness will increase awareness and readiness of nurse practitioners to improve patient care. Primary care providers serve patients with serious mental illness. Evidence suggests this population has multiple health disparities compared with the general population. Stigma against people with mental illness is one barrier to improved health outcomes. Graduate nursing students must be prepared to overcome the barrier of stigma in order to provide effective care for their patients.

A presentation about stigma was conducted in a classroom of graduate nursing students. A pretest and posttest was used to gather data on stigma knowledge and interest level, which was later analyzed using a paired t test. Findings from this project demonstrate that it is possible to impact attitudes and knowledge regarding stigma among graduate nursing students in a classroom setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Singh-Carlsen, Savitri
Commitee: Nieto, Lurline, Trujillo, Jorge
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Publication Number: 1522650
ISBN: 978-1-303-02062-9
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