Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of baccalaureate nursing students regarding oral health assessment

Donna Clemmens, Karla Rodriguez, Betty Leef

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Good oral health is important to overall health. Oral and pharyngeal cancers account for 2% of all cancers, yet no signify cant improvement in mortality has been demonstrated over the past 30 years. Nurses are in a unique position to integrate and conduct oral health assessments across a wide range of practice settings. Although nursing programs include health assessment and promotion in their curricula, there is poor integration of oral health as a focus. This study aimed to identify the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of baccalaureate nursing students about oral health assessment. A convenience sample of 163 students in two undergraduate courses within a baccalaureate nursing education program was surveyed. Findings indicated that these nursing students felt that oral health was essential to their nursing practice; however, they did not have a full understanding of the key components of an oral health examination or about effective smoking cessation strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)532-535
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Volume51
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Nursing Students
Oral Health
nursing
health
student
Baccalaureate Nursing Education
Nursing
Pharyngeal Neoplasms
Oral Diagnosis
cancer
Mouth Neoplasms
Smoking Cessation
Health Promotion
Curriculum
Nurses
Students
smoking
nurse
promotion

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  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of baccalaureate nursing students regarding oral health assessment. / Clemmens, Donna; Rodriguez, Karla; Leef, Betty.

In: Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 51, No. 9, 09.2012, p. 532-535.

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