Nurses' Body Size and Public Confidence in Ability to Provide Health Education

Authors

  • Mary Hicks,

    1. Mary Hicks, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Laura L. McDermott, MS, RN, FNP, Zeta Iota, Clinical Instructor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Nicole Rouhana, MS, CNM, FNP-C, Zeta Iota, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY; Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY; Megan Wood Seymour, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Doctoral Student, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Tina Sullivan, RN, MS, FNP-C, Omicron Rho, Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. This project was supported in part by Nursing 606: Advanced Research Practicum, Doctoral program in Rural Nursing, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, NY. Correspondence to Ms. Seymour, 24 Vine St., Binghamton, NY 13903. E-mail: mwood5@binghamton.edu
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  • Laura L. McDermott,

    1. Mary Hicks, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Laura L. McDermott, MS, RN, FNP, Zeta Iota, Clinical Instructor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Nicole Rouhana, MS, CNM, FNP-C, Zeta Iota, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY; Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY; Megan Wood Seymour, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Doctoral Student, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Tina Sullivan, RN, MS, FNP-C, Omicron Rho, Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. This project was supported in part by Nursing 606: Advanced Research Practicum, Doctoral program in Rural Nursing, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, NY. Correspondence to Ms. Seymour, 24 Vine St., Binghamton, NY 13903. E-mail: mwood5@binghamton.edu
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  • Nicole Rouhana,

    1. Mary Hicks, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Laura L. McDermott, MS, RN, FNP, Zeta Iota, Clinical Instructor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Nicole Rouhana, MS, CNM, FNP-C, Zeta Iota, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY; Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY; Megan Wood Seymour, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Doctoral Student, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Tina Sullivan, RN, MS, FNP-C, Omicron Rho, Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. This project was supported in part by Nursing 606: Advanced Research Practicum, Doctoral program in Rural Nursing, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, NY. Correspondence to Ms. Seymour, 24 Vine St., Binghamton, NY 13903. E-mail: mwood5@binghamton.edu
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  • Melissa Schmidt,

    1. Mary Hicks, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Laura L. McDermott, MS, RN, FNP, Zeta Iota, Clinical Instructor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Nicole Rouhana, MS, CNM, FNP-C, Zeta Iota, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY; Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY; Megan Wood Seymour, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Doctoral Student, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Tina Sullivan, RN, MS, FNP-C, Omicron Rho, Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. This project was supported in part by Nursing 606: Advanced Research Practicum, Doctoral program in Rural Nursing, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, NY. Correspondence to Ms. Seymour, 24 Vine St., Binghamton, NY 13903. E-mail: mwood5@binghamton.edu
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  • Megan Wood Seymour,

    1. Mary Hicks, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Laura L. McDermott, MS, RN, FNP, Zeta Iota, Clinical Instructor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Nicole Rouhana, MS, CNM, FNP-C, Zeta Iota, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY; Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY; Megan Wood Seymour, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Doctoral Student, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Tina Sullivan, RN, MS, FNP-C, Omicron Rho, Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. This project was supported in part by Nursing 606: Advanced Research Practicum, Doctoral program in Rural Nursing, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, NY. Correspondence to Ms. Seymour, 24 Vine St., Binghamton, NY 13903. E-mail: mwood5@binghamton.edu
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  • Tina Sullivan

    1. Mary Hicks, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Teaching Assistant, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Laura L. McDermott, MS, RN, FNP, Zeta Iota, Clinical Instructor, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Nicole Rouhana, MS, CNM, FNP-C, Zeta Iota, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University School of Nursing, Stony Brook, NY; Melissa Schmidt, RN, MS, Assistant Professor, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY; Megan Wood Seymour, RN, MS, Zeta Iota, Doctoral Student, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY; Tina Sullivan, RN, MS, FNP-C, Omicron Rho, Assistant Professor, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. This project was supported in part by Nursing 606: Advanced Research Practicum, Doctoral program in Rural Nursing, Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University, NY. Correspondence to Ms. Seymour, 24 Vine St., Binghamton, NY 13903. E-mail: mwood5@binghamton.edu
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Abstract

Purpose: To replicate research about confidence level in receiving health teaching from either an overweight or a weight-appropriate RN.

Methods: A quasi-experimental post-test only design was used. Participants were randomly assigned to be shown images of a nurse, either overweight or weight-appropriate, then asked to rate their confidence in health teaching received from that nurse. Descriptive statistics, t test for independent samples, and covariate analyses were performed.

Results: A significant difference in confidence p=0.000 was noted between participants who viewed the image of a weight-appropriate nurse and participants who viewed the image of an overweight nurse.

Conclusions: Weight-appropriate nurses may inspire more confidence in their teaching. Further study is indicated to explore the implications of these findings for practice.

Clinical Relevance: Nurses need to be conscious of clients' perceptions of weight when planning teaching interventions.

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