Attitudes of Registered Nurses toward health promotion/disease prevention: Evaluation of a National program
This two-group, before-after, quasi-experimental study was designed to determine if RNs who completed a 30-hour health promotion/disease prevention curriculum recorded higher attitude scores toward health promotion/disease prevention and incorporated these attitudes with selected health behaviors when compared with RNs who did not complete the course. The curriculum was developed and piloted at TWU for the Division of Nursing, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 98 RNs attended the course, completed and returned usable questionnaires (experimental group). All 98 RNs identified a colleague in their work settings to serve as a control subject; 32 control group RNs completed and returned usable questionnaires. To further examine the data, scores from 29 participant and colleague-selected pairs were compared to scores of the total sample.
Demographic data sheet results described the sample. Using descriptive and inferential statistics, scores from the Attitude Toward Health Promotion (Holcomb & Mullen, 1986) instrument were used to analyze the five hypotheses; significant findings emerged from two hypotheses. For H1, a two-way ANOVA yielded a significant (