Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Judith Rice

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Karen Kornweibel


People living with a mental health issue is elevated both nationally and internationally, and the likelihood of a person interacting with someone who has a mental health issue is high. It is even higher for those who work in the health care profession, so understanding their attitudes on this matter is important. As a review of current literature reveals, there is not only stigma in the health care system, but there is also stigma among health care professionals and students. One of the groups of students that has not been researched to a great extent is nursing students and the degree of stigma they have for caring for those with mental health issues. A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess the degree of stigma among these individuals. A voluntary online survey was done was administered to undergraduate nursing students at a university in the southeastern part of the United States using the twenty item Opening Minds Scale for Health Care Providers (OMS-HC). The results indicated that mental illness stigma did exist within the student nurse community with no association between gender, classification, and mental health nursing course completion and total score on the OMS-HC scale.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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