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Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Julie Corbin

Second Advisor

Jayne Cohen


The purpose of this qualitative evaluation study was to determine how an educational program provided to nursing students changed their perceptions of the care they provided to Jewish clients. A teaching program on Jewish beliefs and culture was given to ten baccalaureate nursing students who were providing care to Jewish older adults through one of the university's Academic Nurse Managed Centers. The teaching program was given early in the semester and students were interviewed four and eight weeks later to determine how the teaching program influenced their interactions with clients. Three major themes emerged from the interview data: a) increased sensitivity and insight, b), establishment of rapport, c) individualization. All of the students felt that the educational program was relevant to their future careers as nurses.

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