Pharmacy and nursing students' attitudes toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration at a Chinese university

Wang, S-Ping.; Wang, J.; Huang, Q-Hong.; Zhang, Y-Hong.; Liu, J.

Bmc Medical Education 18(1): 179

2018


ISSN/ISBN: 1472-6920
PMID: 30068328
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-018-1285-0
Accession: 065403063

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Abstract
The collaborative working relationship of nurses with pharmacists has increasingly captured considerable attention. This study measured pharmacy and nursing students' attitudes toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration at a university in China. This cross-sectional study was conducted to assess the attitudes toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration using a self-developed scale delivered to a sample involving 202 nursing students and 258 pharmacy students enrolled in Wuhan University of Science and Technology. Completed instruments were returned by 192 nursing students (95.0% effective response rate) and 249 pharmacy students (96.5% effective response rate). The average students' score of attitudes toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration was 78.85 out of a total of 100. No significance was found for the attitudes toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration between two professions or between gender. The college freshmen (first-year) students had the maximum scores suggesting the most positive attitude toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration, followed by second- and third-year students, while final-year (fourth-year) students had the least. The students had somewhat positive attitudes toward nurse-pharmacist collaboration, but there is still room for improvement.