Nursing students and intimate partner violence education: Improving and integrating knowledge into health care Curricula

Academic Article


  • This study measured intimate partner violence (IPV) curriculum content exposure; knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and self-reported behaviors; and IPV prevalence within doctor of nursing practice and doctor of philosophy nursing programs at a university in the southern United States. The survey instrument was an adaptation of the Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey modified with language that focused on students in the health care arena. Three summary scales-Perceived Preparedness, Perceived Knowledge, and Actual Knowledge-were also created. Mann-Whitney U tests and exploratory multivariable and logistic regression analyses were employed to analyze the data. Results indicated that nursing students who received IPV training prior to graduate school had significantly higher perceived preparation and perceived knowledge ratings than those reporting no IPV training prior to graduate school. Results also showed that 40% of nursing students surveyed had personally experienced some type of domestic violence including IPV. Identifying and responding to curricular shortcomings and ascertaining student IPV prevalence are critical steps in strategizing and implementing comprehensive curriculum revision, enabling students to enter the nursing profession with the capacity to directly impact the care and treatment of IPV victims. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
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    Author List

  • Connor PD; Nouer SS; Speck PM; Mackey SN; Tipton NG
  • Start Page

  • 233
  • End Page

  • 239
  • Volume

  • 29
  • Issue

  • 4