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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


Sexuality is intrinsic to the nature of human beings. If nurses are to practice holistically, issues concerning sexuality are relevant to nursing practice. The attitudes and behaviors that rehabilitation nurses express regarding the care of rehabilitation patients were explored in this descriptive study. One hundred and one members of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) responded to the Williams - Wilson Sexuality Survey (WWSS). The possible range of scores on the attitude scale was 11 - 66. The actual results ranged from 21 to 65, with a mean of 48 and a standard deviation of 10. The higher the attitudinal scores the more positive the attitude of the nurse regarding sexuality of rehabilitation patients. A total possible range on the behavior scale was 0-9 . The survey results showed an actual range of 0-9, with a mean score of 3.0 and a standard deviation of 2.5. This means that on average, nurses only perform three out of the nine behaviors described. The analysis of the relationship between the attitude and behavior sub-scales showed a significant positive relationship between total scores on the attitude and behavior sub-scales (r=.59, p<.001). This indicates that the more positive the attitude of the nurses towards sexuality of rehabilitation patients, the more likely they would demonstrate positive behaviors for patients in the area of sexuality.


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