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Understanding attitudes and their effects on nursing practice

Author: Bob Price

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2021 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

This module aims to enable you to explore your understanding of attitudes, how they affect professional care situations, and their significance for behaviour and helping others to think in new ways. While it is important for all members of the nursing team, and other healthcare professionals, to respect individual rights, there is an onus on the nursing team to promote more positive attitudes, for example in relation to healthy lifestyle, risk management, and effective and efficient ways of working.

Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Explain what is meant by the word ?attitude'
  • Describe how beliefs, feelings and behaviour relate to each other
  • Outline how attitudes are formed and why they may be resistant to change
  • Discuss the significance of attitudes to nursing practice, referring to case studies and personal experience as appropriate
  • Describe how to effect attitude change in others


  • Introduction
  • Nature of attitudes
  • Forming attitudes
  • Importance of attitudes
  • Culturally sensitive care
  • Attitude change
  • Conclusions


Bob Price
Healthcare education and practice development consultant, Surrey, England.


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  • Introduction
  • Nature of attitudes
  • Forming attitudes
  • Importance of attitudes
  • Culturally sensitive care
  • Attitude change
  • Conclusions

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