Nursing Faculty Present at Madridge International Nursing Conference

Cate Critz and Hobie Etta Feagai

Professors of Nursing Cate Critz, PhD, CPNP, PMHS, APRN-Rx, and Hobie Etta Feagai, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN-Rx, presented their research findings, entitled "Presenteeism among Nursing Students in Three Countries," at the Madridge 5th International Nursing Conference held October 23-25, 2019, in Rome, Italy. Presenteeism, the act of going to work while sick, is associated in nursing with increases in medication errors, patient falls, and lower self-reported quality of care with costs exceeding those of absenteeism. 

Presenteeism is well documented in nurses in hospitals around the globe but little is understood about presenteeism among nursing students. This mixed-method study described presenteeism in lecture and clinical experiences among nursing students in Honolulu, Tokyo, and Seoul (N = 390). Nursing students in three culturally different cities report going to class and engaging in clinical experiences while sick despite recognizing the safety risk. 

Nursing students need to learn responsible health and safety practices during their educational preparation for employment and professional practice. Nursing programs need to scrutinize policies related to absences to ensure that presenteeism is not promoted and provide alternative learning experiences for students who miss class or clinical experiences.