Do student nurses feel a lack of comfort in providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents: what factors influence their comfort level?

Richardson, Brian P. and Ondracek, Anton E and Anderson, Dee (2017) Do student nurses feel a lack of comfort in providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents: what factors influence their comfort level? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (5). pp. 1196-1207. ISSN 0309-2402

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to find out if student nurses feel comfortable in caring by providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents and what factors influence their level of comfort.

Background: Research indicates that nurses and nursing students experience varying levels of comfort when caring for adults who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning: adult patients feel that nurse’s attitudes change towards them once they disclose their sexuality. There has been minimal research to date on nursing attitudes to working with adolescents who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning.

Design Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used in this descriptive study. Questionnaires were completed by 152 nursing students and 9 took part in semi-structured focus groups.

Method: A two way ANOVA was used to analyse the questionnaires. Thematic analysis was used to identify the themes arising from the focus groups. Data was collected between August 2013 and July 2014.

Results/Findings: The results and findings of the study were that student nurse’s felt discomfort in providing support; due to a lack of knowledge of Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual sexuality, personal and religious beliefs and the perceptions of others. However, all students indicated they had a positive attitude towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning adolescents.

Conclusion: More needs to be done to raise self-awareness and improve the level of knowledge in relation to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual issues amongst student nurses. Educational institutions and practice areas need to recognize this fact and reflect this in their educational programmes.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Institute of Nursing and Midwifery
Item ID: 21168
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Richardson B.P., Ondracek A.E., Anderson D. (2017) Do student nurses feel a lack of comfort in providing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Questioning adolescents: what factors influence their comfort level? Journal of Advanced Nursing 73(5), 1196–1207. doi: 10.1111/jan.13213, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13213. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
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Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 14:16
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2018 18:34
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21168

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