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Nurses' Perception of Diabetes: A Comparative Analysis
AuthorHobson, Jared N.
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Diabetes mellitus has arisen as a prevalent group of diseases requiring a multidisciplinary approach towards care and treatment. Associated with many complications and increased patient morbidity, proper diabetes management is vital to improve patient outcomes. Nurses play a major role in providing diabetes care and education to patients. This study examined nurses’ perceptions of diabetes mellitus and their effects on patient care. The Diabetes Attitude Scale version 3 (DAS-3), developed by the University of Michigan Diabetes Research Center was administered on a trauma intensive care unit (ICU), a non-trauma ICU, a medical nursing unit, and a surgical nursing unit at a large hospital in the Northern Nevada area. Critical care and medical/surgical nurse responses were compared to explore the impact of unit type on nurses’ perceptions of diabetes. Nurses’ value of training arose as an important predictor of their perceptions of diabetes severity and the value of tight blood glucose control amongst critical care nurses but not medical/surgical nurses.