Does nursing education promote ageism?


ProfessorBK Haight, Medical University of South Carolina, Collegeof Nursing, 171 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29425-2403, USA


The literature is replete with diverse studies about gerontological nursing education on the attitudes of nursing students This study examined the effect of a 3-year curriculum on ageism over all 3 years Students were exposed first to well elderly subjects, then hospitalized older subjects, then severely ill older subjects They were tested with the Kogan's Old People Scale and a semantic differential scale to seehow their attitudes towards older people changed according to their experiences The Kogan scale was most sensitive and showed that older students and those with grandparent role models had better attitudes towards older adults Also, there were great increases in positive attitudes towards ageing in year 1 that slowly decreased by the end of year 3