Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Joyce Perkins RN, PhD


Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Health care providers, including nursing staff who specialize in obesity treatment are not immune to the prevalent negative perceptions of obesity in society. Literature has demonstrated how nurses' bias can affect the care they give the obese population. Education can help develop self-awareness and increased self-awareness can develop caring attitudes. An educational program, that used cognitive and affective domains, to increase nurses' sensitivity and caring attinrdes was developed and presented to the nurses on a general surgery nursing unit that specializes in bariatric surgery. The nurses found the education very helpful, but it will take continued exposure to the topic of self-awareness to alter the unit's culfure.


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Nursing Commons