Purpose: To identify and describe Jordanian nurses' attitudes toward older patients in acute care settings. The effects of socio-demographics and nursing work characteristics on nurses' attitudes were also examined.
Method: Descriptive correlational design was used. Kogan's (1961) Attitudes Toward Old People Scale was administered to a total population of Jordanian nurses (n = 200) working in selected units in acute care settings of three public hospitals in northern Jordan. Nurses' attitudes were described by using descriptive statistics. ANOVA and Pearson correlation were used to examine the effects of selected socio-demographic details and work characteristics on nurses' attitudes.
Results: Jordanian nurses who participated in this study had marginally positive attitudes toward older patients in acute care settings. Years of clinical experience correlated significantly with their attitudes. Male nurses had significantly more positive attitudes than their female counterparts. Surgical nurses also demonstrated significantly more positive attitudes than those working in medical units.
Conclusion: Although positive attitudes emerged towards older people, it was also apparent that efforts should be made to enhance them further so that quality care is delivered to this population. In addition, Jordanian nurse educators should put a greater focus on issues related to the care of the older person in their nursing curriculum.