Attitudes of Registered Nurses caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an acute care setting: A mixed method study

Volume 7, Issue 4, August 2022     |     PP. 262-266      |     PDF (301 K)    |     Pub. Date: July 31, 2022
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Marie Lourdes Charles, Pace University-College of Health Professions-Lienhard School of Nursing, United States
Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio, City University of New York-CUNY School of Professional Studies, United States

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) avoidable health disparities, which may be related to healthcare professionals’ attitudes. To examine the attitudes and experiences of nurses caring for adults with I/DD in the acute care setting.Methods A mixed method approach was utilized. Data was collected from January to March 2021. Data collection consisted of the ATDP-B questionnaire completed by 31 RNs and Eight RNs interviewed via Zoom. ResultsQuantitative data from the ATDP-B questionnaire revealed most nurses had negative attitudes towards disabled persons. Four themes emerged from the qualitative data: Experience, setting, emotional responses, and education. DiscussionPractice implications include knowledge deficits and lack of confidence reported by the participants. Incorporating nursing care of adults with I/DD in the curriculum and in practice may improve patient safety and health equity for all individuals.

Attitudes, acute care, nurses, nursing education, adults, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities

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Marie Lourdes Charles, Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio, Attitudes of Registered Nurses caring for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an acute care setting: A mixed method study , SCIREA Journal of Clinical Medicine. Volume 7, Issue 4, August 2022 | PP. 262-266. 10.54647/cm32881


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