The Ability and Attitudes toward Evidence-Based Nursing of Nursing Students

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Pantip Poorananon
Tassanee Krirkgulthorn


Purpose: To compare Evidenced-Based Nursing (EBN) ability andattitudes in nursing students on the pre-clinical practice and the threeconsecutive times after clinical practice.

Design: Comparative descriptive design.

Methods: The sample were 53 junior nursing students enrollingbetween 2nd semester in academic year 2007 in Boromarajonani Collegeof Nursing, Saraburi, Thailand. Data were collected using EBN abilityand attitudes questionnaires. Each student had to administer thequestionnaires four times as follows: pre-clinical practice (pretest) andthe three consecutive times after clinical practice (post-test 1-3). Datawere analyzed by mean, standard deviation, and paired t-test.

Main findings: The results showed that students learning clinicalpractice focusing on EBN had moderate level of EBN ability, and hadpositive attitudes toward EBN. EBN ability and attitudes on thepre-clinical practice and the three consecutive times after clinicalpractice were different with statistical significance. EBN ability andattitudes at 3 times post-test were higher than that at pretest. That is,the highest scores of EBN ability and attitudes were found at the posttest3 followed by the scores at post-test 2 and post-test 1. The lowestscores were found at pretest.

Conclusion and recommendations: The study suggested that nursingcollege should continuously arrange to teach EBN process for nursingstudents to enhance EBN ability.


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Poorananon, P., & Krirkgulthorn, T. (2011). The Ability and Attitudes toward Evidence-Based Nursing of Nursing Students. Nursing Science Journal of Thailand, 29(1), 45–52. Retrieved from
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