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comparative study of empathy of registered nurses based on academic preparation

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1994
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The purpose of this study was to compare empathy levels of registered nurses based on three different types of academic preparation: associate degree (two-year program), diploma (three-year program), or baccalaureate degree (four-year program). The relationship of empathy to age, marital status, parental status, clinical experience, and length of time in practice was also investigated. Subjects (n = 122) for the study were registered nurses working at two acute care health settings in the southeast metropolitan area of Florida. Two instruments were used: (a) Empathy Construct Rating Scale (ECRS), and (b) a demographic information questionnaire. The ECRS was chosen because of its proven construct validity and specificity to nursing (LaMonica, 1981). The demographic questionnaire assisted the investigator to determine any relationship between level of empathy and the aforementioned variables. A regression analysis was performed first to determine any relationship between empathy levels of registered nurses and the demographic variables. No significant relationship was found between professional preparation and the demographic variables. A one-way analysis (ANOVA) was performed to assess the strength and direction of the relationship between academic preparation and empathy. Using 0.05 level of significance as the criterion, statistical analysis revealed there was no relationship between registered nurses' academic preparation and level of empathy.
Title: A comparative study of empathy of registered nurses based on academic preparation.
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Name(s): Eckler, Joanne Miller.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Burrichter, Arthur W., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1994
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 113 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The purpose of this study was to compare empathy levels of registered nurses based on three different types of academic preparation: associate degree (two-year program), diploma (three-year program), or baccalaureate degree (four-year program). The relationship of empathy to age, marital status, parental status, clinical experience, and length of time in practice was also investigated. Subjects (n = 122) for the study were registered nurses working at two acute care health settings in the southeast metropolitan area of Florida. Two instruments were used: (a) Empathy Construct Rating Scale (ECRS), and (b) a demographic information questionnaire. The ECRS was chosen because of its proven construct validity and specificity to nursing (LaMonica, 1981). The demographic questionnaire assisted the investigator to determine any relationship between level of empathy and the aforementioned variables. A regression analysis was performed first to determine any relationship between empathy levels of registered nurses and the demographic variables. No significant relationship was found between professional preparation and the demographic variables. A one-way analysis (ANOVA) was performed to assess the strength and direction of the relationship between academic preparation and empathy. Using 0.05 level of significance as the criterion, statistical analysis revealed there was no relationship between registered nurses' academic preparation and level of empathy.
Identifier: 12395 (digitool), FADT12395 (IID), fau:9294 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Education
Thesis (Ed.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1994.
Subject(s): Nursing--Study and teaching
Caring
Nursing
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