Date of Award
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Linda L. Davis
Linda L. Lilley
Julie A. Stanik
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.N8C66
A primary dimension of nursing is caring tor patients who suffer. This study examined the inferences made about patients' suffering oy 65 registered nurses employed in acute care health facilities. Utilizing The standard Measure of Inferences of Suffering Questionnaire. the purpose of the study was to explore the influence of nursing education and experience on the degree of pain and psychological distress inferred by the nurses. Analysis of Covariance was used to test for group differences on the basis of nursing education when number of months of nursing experience was controlled. Although nursing education did not influence nurses' inferences of patients· suffering. Pearson correlations revealed an inverse relationship between the amount of experience and the degree of inferred suffering, such that as the amount of nursing experience increased. the degree of inferred suffering decreased. Further research exploring different variables involved in perception and subsequent inferences of patients' suffering is recommended.
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Coots, Patricia A..
"The Influence of Nursing Experience and Education on Nurses Inferences of Patients' Suffering"
(1988). Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Thesis, Nursing, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/qng6-nk05