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A cross-sectional study of domestic violence instruction in nursing and midwifery programs: Out of step with community and student expectations

Hutchinson, M, Doran, F, Brown, J, Douglas, T ORCID: 0000-0001-7062-5186, East, L, Irwin, P, Mainey, L, Saunders, A, Sweet, L, Van De Mortel, T and Yates, K 2020 , 'A cross-sectional study of domestic violence instruction in nursing and midwifery programs: Out of step with community and student expectations' , Nurse Education Today, vol. 84 , pp. 1-8 , doi:

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Background:Domestic violence is a global health concern. Nurses and midwives must respond to those whoexperience domestic violence, although many are not prepared to do this. The World Health Organization recommend that domestic violence content be included in all pre-registration training as a matter of urgency.Objectives: To examine self-reported undergraduate student perceptions of domestic violence content in theirprograms of study and student attitudes and beliefs about domestic violence.Design: A cross-sectional research design with online survey was employed from June to October 2017.Methods: Using convenience sampling, 1076 students were recruited to the study from a total population sampleof just over 6000 undergraduate nursing and midwifery students; a response rate of 17.9%. Survey data reportedthe nature and frequency of teaching and learning along with student attitudes and beliefs about domesticviolence. Open ended responses were examined via thematic analysis.Settings: Nine Australian universities offering undergraduate nursing and midwifery degrees.Participants: Undergraduate university nursing and midwifery students.Results: Over half of students surveyed (53.7%, n = 578) reported that domestic violence was not addressed intheir program of study. A direct correlation was found between students' perceived preparedness to assess andrespond to domestic violence, and the amount of taught content in their program of study.Conclusion: This major gap in curricula has significant implications for professional practice preparedness.Further research should focus on examining the reasons why quality domestic violence content is lacking inundergraduate nursing and midwifery programs and how prioritisation of domestic violence content can beimproved.

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Authors/Creators:Hutchinson, M and Doran, F and Brown, J and Douglas, T and East, L and Irwin, P and Mainey, L and Saunders, A and Sweet, L and Van De Mortel, T and Yates, K
Keywords: Nursing; Domestic Violence; Curriculum: Student perceptions
Journal or Publication Title: Nurse Education Today
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
ISSN: 0260-6917
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