Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Nursing RN/BSN Akron

Research Sponsor

Sheri Hartman PhD

First Reader

Lori Kidd PhD

Second Reader

Lisa Hart MSN


Poverty is a major issue in the United States. Because perceived discrimination can impact health and willingness to seek care, it is important for healthcare providers to be educated on and exposed to issues that poverty presents to individuals who are poor. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a poverty simulation on attitudes of undergraduate nursing students towards children living poverty. The study was guided by Albert Bandura’s social learning theory and used a longitudinal, quasi-experimental design and convenience sampling of undergraduate nursing students enrolled in a community health nursing course. Attitudes were measured at the interval level as summed ordinal data utilizing a tool created by Yun and Weaver (2010) was modified for this study. (Yun & Weaver, 2010). Data was collected at the beginning and the end of a simulation on poverty. Independent sample t-tests were used to determine differences in pre- and post-test data. Analysis of results determined that there is no significant change on attitudes towards children living in poverty in undergraduate nursing students pre- and post- poverty simulation.