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This descriptive study aimed to compare caring behaviors of fourth year nursing students and novice nurses. The participants included 81 fourth year nursing students and 56 novice nurses from Faculty of Nursing, Thammasat University. The instruments for collecting data were: 1) The demographic data form, and 2) The Nurse’s Caring Behavior for Dying Patients Questionnaire which had a test-retest reliability of 0.97. Data were analyzed using Mann-Whitney U test. The results showed that novice nurses had overall caring behaviors and each component of caring behavior statistically higher than that of fourth year nursing students (p <.001). However, for items related to providing time for end-of-life patients and their families, the fourth year nursing students had higher score than novice nurses. The findings of this study can be used for teaching and learning development in order to continue cultivating caring behavior for nursing students.
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