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Nursing Students' Perceptions of Adoption: Educational Preparation Needed

Foli, Karen J.; Forster, Anna; Lim, Eunjung

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000100
Feature: education/research

ABSTRACT: Adoption is a worldwide practice; most know someone who has been adopted, has adopted a child, or has relinquished a child for adoption. Healthcare professionals will have contact with patients who have a connection to adoption. This study examined the overall perceptions, current knowledge, and gaps in a nursing curriculum as reported by undergraduate nursing students and offers insight into caring for those impacted by adoption.Video Abstract is available. See for more insights from the authors.

Adoption perceptions, knowledge, and curriculum gaps reported by nursing students reveals a lot about caring for those impacted by adoption.Supplemental digital content is available in the text.

Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor at the Purdue University School of Nursing. Dr. Foli is coauthor of The Post-Adoption Blues: Overcoming the Unforeseen Challenges of Adoption (2004).

Anna Forster, BSN, RN, is an adopted individual, she has an interest in both research and the clinical care rendered to those whose lives have been touched by adoption.

Eunjung Lim, PhD, is a research biostatistician at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu. She has collaborated with Dr. Foli on several publications related to adoption.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer review 10/30/2013.

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