FEATURESKnowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Nursing Faculty and Students Related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine A Statewide LookAvino, Karen EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BCAuthor Information School of Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark. Correspondence: Karen Avino, EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, School of Nursing, University of Delaware, 25 N. College Avenue, Newark, DE 19716 ([email protected]). Research for this study was funded by Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing grant. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: November/December 2011 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 - p 280-288 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e318232c5aa Buy Metrics Abstract A comprehensive assessment of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of nursing faculty and students related to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) of one state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States was conducted and information was obtained from faculty about CAM content in their individual courses. Using a descriptive study design, a 32- and a 23-question online surveys were sent through e-mail to faculty and students, respectively. The response rate was: faculty 76% (N = 117) versus students 41% (N = 578). Positive support was found with regard to the addition of CAM into the nursing curriculum (81% students vs 92% faculty). Faculty provided some CAM didactic content to students on an inconsistent basis. It is unknown what CAM competencies students are expected to achieve. Integrating in the curriculum, experiential learning, a broad view of CAM therapies and holistic concepts, and evidence regarding CAM therapies is necessary. The results informed a plan for a professional development program for faculty. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.