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Knowledge, attitudes, treatment practices, and health behaviors of nurses regarding blood cholesterol



Knowledge, attitudes, treatment practices, and health behaviors of nurses regarding blood cholesterol



Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 30(1): 13-19



This study, from a sample of west Texas RNs (n = 42), replicated a survey of New York City RNs' (n = 206) knowledge, attitudes, treatment practices, and health behaviors concerning cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. A random sample of 42 RNs completed a 48-item questionnaire developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Responses were analyzed by descriptive statistics. Differences between the present and previous study samples were analyzed by chi square. Nurses expressed enthusiasm for counseling clients regarding cholesterol management; yet, only approximately one eighth of respondents in either study agreed strongly they were prepared to counsel clients. Chi-square analyses showed no significant differences in most responses between the two samples. These findings suggest nurses could benefit from continuing education offerings targeted to client cholesterol management.

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