Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Nursing BSN



First Advisor

Elizabeth Tinnon, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sabine Heinhorst, Ph.D.

Advisor Department



Attitudes have been found to impact the quality of healthcare provided to patients. Nursing students are individuals that will eventually care for and impact the livelihood of all individuals including those with disabilities. Measurements of attitudes among nursing students serves to evaluate the efficacy of nursing curriculums regarding disability and determines if revision is needed to better promote healthcare administration for the patient with a disability. This study utilized the Scale of Attitudes Toward Disabled Persons (SADP) to measure attitudes among nursing students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program at a Southeastern University. The mean score from participants was 108.49 ± 15.26. This score was found to be equivalent to other scores from the U.S. in the past 20 years, and lower than scores from the Netherlands. There was no statistically significant demographic variable, and further research is encouraged to improve the quality of healthcare provided to individuals with disabilities.

Keywords: Disability, Nursing, SADP, Attitudes, Students, Patients