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attitudes, bariatric sensitivity intervention, nursing students, obesity, stigma, trigger film



  1. Molloy, Margory A. DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE
  2. Sabol, Valerie K. PhD, ACNP-BC, GNP-BC, FAANP
  3. Silva, Susan G. PhD
  4. Guimond, Mary Elizabeth PhD, WHNP-BC


Nurse educators are uniquely positioned to improve obesity-related attitudes and beliefs among prelicensure nursing students. A bariatric sensitivity intervention using 6 trigger films with facilitated debriefing was designed and delivered to 70 first-semester baccalaureate nursing students. Attitudes and beliefs significantly improved immediately after the intervention on 3 of the 5 attitude measures and on the belief measure. Improvements in beliefs/attitudes were sustained 30 days after the intervention but may require content reinforcement throughout the curriculum for long-term effects.