Honors Program

Honors in Nursing

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Laura Dower

Thesis Professor Department



The purpose of this study was to examine how past experiences with nursing homes influence perceptions and attitudes of college students toward nursing homes in the United States. A review of the current research literature indicates that nursing homes are publicly scrutinized in a negative manner. Variables examined included students’ college of study, experience with nursing homes either from personal experience, from a well-known relative or friend, or the media, and different attitudes and perceptions including good or bad views of nursing homes. Results indicate that students’ perceive nursing homes more negatively than positively even when their experience came from personal knowledge. Students enrolled in health services do not perceive nursing homes more positively than negatively or any better than students enrolled in other courses of study. Moreover, there was no significant relationship between the students’ perceptions of nursing homes and their field of study.

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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