Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Research Sponsor

Dr. Carrie Scotto

First Reader

Lisa Hart

Second Reader

Carrie Wissmar


Empathy is a cognitive process rather than an emotional and is often learned through life. Hildegard Peplau’s theory of interpersonal relations explains the importance of the nurse having a shared experience with the patient. Empathy is a crucial skill for nursing students to develop because it is shown that nurses showing empathy is directly related to improved patient satisfaction. Empathy levels tend to decrease as students progress throughout nursing school. The purpose of this study is to examine the empathy levels in sophomore baccalaureate nursing students compared to senior baccalaureate nursing students. Using a descriptive comparison design and a cross-sectional survey will allow adequate representation for data collection.

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