Ya-Chu Hsiao, R.N., M.S.N., Ed.D., and Mei-Yen Chen, R.N., M.S.N., are Associate Professors, Chang Gung Institute of Technology, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C. Yueh-Mei Gau, R.N., M.S.N., Li-Ling Hung, R.N., M.S.N., Shu-Hung Chang, R.N., M.S.N., and Hsia-Min Tsai, R.N., M.S.N., are instructors, Chang Gung Institute of Technology, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Short-Term Effects of a Health Promotion Course for Taiwanese Nursing Students
Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2005
Public Health Nursing
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 74–81, January 2005
How to Cite
Hsiao, Y.-C., Chen, M.-Y., Gau, Y.-M., Hung, L.-L., Chang, S.-H. and Tsai, H.-M. (2005), Short-Term Effects of a Health Promotion Course for Taiwanese Nursing Students. Public Health Nursing, 22: 74–81. doi: 10.1111/j.0737-1209.2005.22111.x
- Issue online: 24 JAN 2005
- Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2005
- health promotion;
- nursing students
Abstract The purposes of this study were to (a) develop a teaching course on health promotion for nursing students in Taiwan, (b) evaluate the effects of this teaching course, and (c) understand students’ appraisals of its effectiveness in helping them to change unhealthy behavior. A sample of 65 randomly selected female nursing students took an 18-week course developed by the investigators, which included 30 h of classroom lectures and 4 weeks of written reports by students chronicling the changes in their behavior. Health promotion questionnaires administered before and after the course and content analysis of the students’ reports were used to evaluate the effects of the course. Students’ questionnaire scores after course completion indicated significantly increased intent to adopt healthy lifestyles. Content analysis of students’ reports on their personal behavior-changing experiences showed that they accepted the potential value of curriculum aspects such as “experiencing the struggle, suffering, and even abandonment of the process,”“experiencing the benefits of change,”“increasing self-confidence,” and “empathizing with how difficult it is for clients to change behavior.” These results support the value of teaching courses on health promotion to nursing students. The authors recommend including such a course as part of a regular nursing education.