Diane BridgeFollow




School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Deanna Keith


Attitudes of Nursing Towards Care of Dying, Attitudes Towards Care of Dying, Attitudes Towards Death




There is a need for nurses who can effectively care for dying patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitudes of nursing students towards providing care of dying patients while controlling for religiosity. The study used a quantitative causal-comparative research design using two administered questionnaires, the Frommelt’s Attitudes Towards Care of the Dying (FATCOD B) and the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL). A convenience sample of 417 residential undergraduate nursing students were used in this study. The sample consisted of 137 sophomore, 142 junior, and 138 senior pre-licensure nursing students who attended a large Christian university located in the southeastern region of the United States. Using data that were collected from the questionnaires, the Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) was utilized to analyze research data. The null hypothesis was rejected indicating that a statistically significant difference does exist in attitudes towards care of dying patients between sophomore, junior, and senior nursing students at a Christian university while controlling for religiosity. Based upon results from the research study, students with more clinical hours and nursing training had a more positive attitude towards care of dying patients. Recommendations for future research includes consideration of additional variables that might influence nursing students’ attitudes towards care of dying patients in nursing programs at Christian and secular universities.

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