Date of Award

Spring 5-1983

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Committee Director

Helen Yura

Committee Member

Ellis Q. Youngkin

Committee Member

Ann F. Bennett

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.N8W24


The problem for this research study was to ascertain if registered nurses of varying educational backgrounds and experience discriminated similar human needs as being altered by specific pathologic states. The two pathologic states studied were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes mellitus, chosen for their high prevalence in the population. A population sample of 55 registered nurses practicing on medical units in five hospital settings were surveyed. Data for this study were collected using the Human Needs Assessment Scales developed for this study. It was determined that registered nurses in this study did discriminate similar human need fulfillment alterations specific to the two pathologic states with some differences found in priority placement and mean values when the responses of baccalaureate degree, associate degree, and diploma graduates were compared. The number of working years experienced by the participants had little influence in this study.


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