Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2011 Sep;14(3):144-151.

Comparison of Attitudes of Nursing Students toward Death, Self-esteem and Life Satisfaction according to Clinical Experience

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea. dongheekim@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Nursing, Youngsan University, Yangsan, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was conducted to compare nursing students' attitudes toward death, self-esteem and life satisfaction according to clinical experience.
METHODS
We surveyed 1,030 nursing students from two different universities with a questionnaire consisting of items regarding attitudes toward death, self-esteem and life satisfaction. The data were analyzed using a PASW program.
RESULTS
Students with clinical experience scored 2.85 on the attitude toward death, while those without clinical experience scored 2.79 (t=2.775, P=0.006). Students with clinical experience had significantly higher self-esteem (t=4.541, P<0.001) and life satisfaction (t=4.050, P<0.001) than those without it. Students with clinical experience showed correlations between attitude toward death and self-esteem (r=0.159, P<0.001) and life satisfaction (r=0.090, P=0.025), while those without it did not (r=0.106, P=0.014).
CONCLUSION
These results provide guidance for developing educational strategies such as educational program to help students build positive attitude toward death through their experience in clinical practice.

Keyword

Students; Attitude towrad death; Self concept; Personal satisfaction

MeSH Terms

Humans
Personal Satisfaction
Self Concept
Students, Nursing
Surveys and Questionnaires
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