Authors: Susan Ka Yee Chow, Sin Kuen Ho, Ka Chun Ng, Yuen Yee Chan
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the United States. Nurse educators should evaluate the cardiac knowledge and misconceptions of the nursing students to ensure they are disseminating accurate information in their future practice. There were 362 Hong Kong nursing students participated in the study. The results showed that the scores for the nursing students’ level of knowledge were diverse. A negative correlation, r=-0.33 was found among students with more knowledge and fewer misconceptions. (p<0.001). The Chisquare tests found some associations between the students’ experiences of caring for cardiacpatients and misconceptions about stress and physiology. A new paradigm of teaching should include inputs from both perspectives to help students to make critical use of theoretical knowledge to rectify their misconceptions and pursue excellence in theworkingworld.
Keywords: cardiovascular disease; knowledge; misconception; nursing students