Undergraduate nursing students' health promotion counselling self-efficacy


  • Heather K Spence Laschinger PhD RN

    1. Associate Dean, Research, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5C1
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In this study, undergraduate nursing students' self-efficacy for carrying out health promotion activities with clients in nursing settings was examined Students in the first, second and fourth year of a baccalaureate programme felt moderately efficacious about their knowledge and abilities for health promotion counselling in the three content domains measured (smoking cessation, nutrition and exercise) Senior nursing students had the highest self-efficacy scores, suggesting a positive impact on health promotion skills over the educational experience In all areas of health promotion, regardless of year in then: educational programme, students reported significantly lower efficacy for their ability to engage clients in an educational programme for behavioural change Educational directions from Bandura's theory are described