Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Master of Nursing


School of Nursing


Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

First Supervisor

Professor Anne McMurray

Second Supervisor

Dr Susan Nikoletti


Patient teaching is integral in the provision of an effective health care service. Registered nurses in all settings, have a professional responsibility to contribute towards their clients’ health promotion and maintenance by providing those clients with the health education they require. This study investigated the patient teaching intentions and behaviours of 181 registered nurses employed in acute medical and surgical settings at three metropolitan hospitals in Perth Western Australia. Within the framework of Ajzen and Fishbein’s (1980) theory of reasoned action, the study examined the relationships between registered nurses’ intentions to teach patients, their patient teaching behaviours and selected factors that have been associated with enhancing or hindering nurses in carrying out their patient teaching. One of the aims of the study was to examine the relationship between registered nurses’ patient teaching behaviours and intentions and their attitudinal and normative beliefs about patient teaching

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Nursing Commons