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Authors

  1. Avino, Karen EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC

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.