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Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to examine the attitudes of nurses toward research. Donabedian’s framework of structure, process and outcome is the conceptual model. A convenience sample (n=119) of registered nurses at a Midwest hospital answered Boothe’s Attitudes on Nursing Research Scale. The scale contains 84-items answered on a 5-point Likert scale. The scores were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests, and ANOVA. Comparisons were made of the top and bottom quartile of item scores. The results indicate items that reflect structure and process are a subscale of the interest and environment scale. The most positive attitudes of the nurses are related to the benefits and payoff scale. The results of the study revealed no significant differences on overall scores between groups of nurses by academic degrees held or roles in the institution. Rankings of items based on academic degrees and roles held in the institution were significant.


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