Nurses' Attitudes Toward Clients With Substance Use Problems

Authors

  • Yu-Ping Chang PhD, RN,

    Assistant Professor
    1. School of Nursing, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
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  • Mei-Sang Yang PhD, RN

    Professor, Corresponding author
    1. College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    • School of Nursing, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest

Author contact:

msyang@kmu.edu.tw, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

Purpose

This study aimed to examine factors associated with nurses' attitudes toward clients with substance use problems.

Design and Methods

A cross-sectional design was used, and 489 nurses working in two medical centers in Taiwan participated in this study.

Findings

Age, total nursing experience, work unit, personal experience, experience of taking care of clients with substance use problems, substance use education in school, and continuing education were significantly associated with nurses' attitudes. Hierarchical regression revealed that continuing education predicted nurses' overall attitudes. However, the model explained a low variance.

Practice Implications

Education-focused training alone may not be adequate. Nursing workforce development needs to incorporate multiple strategies, including clinical supervision, when designing substance use education for clinical nurses in order to generate better improvements on attitudes.

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