Laurea Nursing Students' Knowledge on a Vegan Diet
Mäntynen-Smith, Natalia (2019)
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Nursing students should have basic knowledge on the possible alternative diets which individuals are eating. One diet which is becoming more popular every year is a vegan diet. Studies have proven the multiple different health benefits for individuals following a vegan diet such as improvement of cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as delaying antibiotic resistance. Individuals can also follow a vegan diet for ethical reasons and the environmental impact of eating animals. The purpose of this thesis is to describe the knowledge of Laurea nursing students at the Tikkurila Campus. The objective and aim are to increase the knowledge of the students using a PowerPoint lecture which will help understand their level of education on a vegan diet. The research question for this thesis is: What knowledge do Laurea nursing students have on a vegan diet? A PowerPoint lecture and surveys were used to collect data on this topic. Two different surveys were given one prior to the lecture and one after the lecture. The one prior was a basic knowledge test and the one after was an open-ended critical thinking question. Through the analysis of the target group of 15 students, data showed that Laurea nursing students have good knowledge on a vegan diet. Students were more knowledgeable on the nutritional basics of a vegan but lacked knowledge on ethical and environmental impact. Recommendations include students upholding knowledge on alternative diets and exploring other methods to improve health and climate change.