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Presentation 3J1. Making Statistics Relevant for Undergraduate Nurses

Peter Martin (Australia)
Robyn Pierce (Australia)


Presentation Abstract

In this paper we will explore the challenge of making statistics more meaningful to future nurses. In the fast moving undergraduate student world the expectations we place upon nursing students are considerable. Typically they experience high class-contact hours in addition to their clinical placements. Compounding the problem, undergraduate nursing students have diverse mathematical backgrounds and seldom perceive statistics as being relevant for them. Given these constraints we have adopted the relatively modest aim of producing informed and discriminating consumers of statistics and research, rather than skilled statistical practitioners or researchers. Use of strategic examples, appropriate journal articles, fun "hypotheticals", and utilising computer output has both relieved the anxiety and distraction associated with calculations and increased students' engagement in the learning process.


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