Dale M Hilty is an Associate Professor at the Mt Carmel College of Nursing. He received his PhD degree in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the Ohio State University. He has published articles in the areas of Psychology, Sociology and Religion. Between April 2017 and April 2018, his 10 research teams published 55 posters at local, state, regional, national and international nursing conferences.
At our undergraduate nursing institution, faculties are encouraged to develop interprofessional curricula. As psychology and nutrition faculty, the authors designed a program to integrate nutrition, statistics and psychological decision-making. First, undergraduate students demonstrated a limited understanding of how dietary manipulation impacts overall nutrient consumption. A 30 minutes presentation highlighted how variability in meal selection impacted the daily recommendations for calories, fiber, sodium, protein, saturated fat and added sugar. Second, student healthy and unhealthy food decision-making appeared to be associated with conflict management styles. We were interested in exploring intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict styles in relation to dietary choices. In this educational intervention, participants were traditional nursing students (56 freshmen, 78 sophomores) and 58 nursing students in the accelerated program. They completed the intrapersonal food choices questionnaire (IFCQ) and the interpersonal conflict handling styles questionnaire (ICHS), (Leung & Kim, 2007). The IFCQ is an adaption of the ICHS reflecting conflict between healthy and unhealthy food choices. The second year students (N=76) and the accelerated (SDAP, N=53) students completed the IFCQ and ICHS as comparison groups designed to replicate the intrapersonal and interpersonal findings from the first year students. Cox (2003) reports the importance of intrapersonal and interpersonal comparisons. Quantitative & qualitative results are that (1) the analysis of the cognitive knowledge pre-post questions found the 30-minute intervention was significant (dependent t-test, p=0.001), (2) qualitative theme analysis (based on open-ended questions) revealed meaning, relevancy to nursing practice, and (3) the interdisciplinary team reported experiential learning. Correlational significance (p<0.01) was found for four interpersonal/intrapersonal conflict types i.e. compromising, integrating, obliging and avoiding/smoothing.rnrn
Dale Hilty is an Associate Professor at the Mt. Carmel College of Nursing. He received his PhD degree in Counseling Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the Ohio State University. He has published articles in the areas of Psychology, Sociology and Religion. Between April 2017 and April 2018, his 10 research teams published 55 posters at local, state, regional, national and international nursing conferences.
In Waterman’s (2007) dissertation, nursing students emphasized Watson’s holistic carative exemplars of respect, knowledge, being responsible, considering outcomes of caring, competence, effective communication skills (active listening, openness), developing a trusting relationship, advocating, flexibility and assisting the patients to reach their highest level of wellness (meeting the patient’s needs, implementing health teaching). Two major areas of focus illustrated students not incorporating the exemplars in their clinical practice. First, the degree students demonstrating the carative exemplars can be observed during a senior precepted clinical rotation where faculty receives student handoff report about their patients. For example, students often repeat the unprofessional language (e.g. frequent flyer, diagnostic labels, drug seeker etc.) used by some staff nurses. This type of prejudicial language can result in objectification, which appears to influence nursing students’ indifference as opposed to kindness, separation vs. being present, and disengagement vs. engagement in caregiving. Second, students frequently focus on skills and task performances are inattentive to the holistic care of the patient. This lack of patient-centered focus can adversely impact the patient, leading to ineffective and worsening healthcare outcomes. The primary purpose was to explore the degree of compassion towards patients by junior and senior level nursing students. In the research investigation, the author selected six scales consisting of kindness, indifference, common humanity, separation, mindfulness, and disengagement. Forty seven (47) BSN nursing students answered Likert-type questions. Phase one of these quality improvements of educational intervention used a correlational analysis to determine the association among the six scales using a two-tailed hypothesis. The correlational findings revealed statistically significant positive associations among kindness, common humanity and mindfulness scales (ranging from 0.554 to 0.782) and negative relationships with indifference, separation and disengagement (-0.296 to -0.601). These scales can assist them in devising an intervention to increase the compliance with holistic and professional behaviors in clinical setting.