Student nurses’ perceptions of health promotion: a study
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Student nurses’ perceptions of health promotion: a study

Merville Ward Senior Lecturer, South Bank University, Redwood College of Health Studies, Harold Wood Education Centre, Romford

This article reports the findings of a comparative descriptive study of Project 2000 student nurses and student nurses following the apprenticeship model of training (conventional). The research compared their perception of health promotion with the perception of their roles as health promoters. The study used a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methodology including a questionnaire, Likert Scale assessment of statements, and interviews. The results showed that there was no significant difference between the two groups except in two areas. The conventional students agreed more strongly than the Project 2000 students that their roles as health promoters were very important. The Project 2000 students were able to name eight different health promotion models/approaches and applied some of them in practice, while the conventional students had no knowledge of health promotion models/approaches. The researcher recommends that a wider understanding of health promotion should be encouraged and that nurse lecturers and clinical staff should work more closely to develop a consistent approach to health promotion.

Nursing Standard. 11, 24, 34-40. doi: 10.7748/ns1997.03.11.24.34.c2444