Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine Kim

Second Advisor

Donna Larson

Third Advisor

Diana Pace


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of AIDS education on knowledge and health care beliefs of freshman nursing students. It was hypothesized that freshman nursing students presented with AIDS instruction would have more AIDS knowledge than freshman student nurses without AIDS instruction. In addition, it has hypothesized that the strength of health care beliefs related to AIDS susceptibility, seriousness, benefits, barriers and health motivation of freshman nursing students with AIDS instruction would differ from those without AIDS instruction.; A quasi-experimental control group pretest/posttest design was used. The sample consisted of 50 freshman student nurses enrolled in a diploma nursing program in the midwest United States. A demographic assessment tool, an AIDS Knowledge Questionnaire, and AIDS Health Care Belief Scale were used to collect data. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in knowledge or health care beliefs {dollar}\rm(p>.05).{dollar}


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