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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Margaret Hegge


nursing student attitudes, nursing student psychology, psychological aspects of death


The problem under study was the relationship between death anxiety and clinical experience anxiety in generic baccalaureate nursing students. A convenience sample of 23 female nursing students from 3 baccalaureate schools of nursing in the upper midwest was utilized. The research instrument consisted of demographic data, a 7 point Likert like version of Templer's Death Anxiety Scale, and two 7 point Likert-like questions relating to clinical experience anxiety. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Nursing students in the sample experienced moderate levels of death anxiety and clinical experience anxiety. A weak inverse correlation between death anxiety and clinical experience anxiety was found. A significant relationship between lack of work experience in a hospital and low clinical experience anxiety was noted. The relationship between high death anxiety and care of the dying was significant. Previous research reporting no significant relationship between death anxiety and age or death anxiety and religion was supported by the findings of this study.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing students -- Attitudes
Nursing students -- Psychology
Death -- Psychological aspects



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