Date of Scholarly Project Submission


Degree Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chairperson

Terry Delpier

Second Committee Member

Kristi Robinia

Third Committee Member

Michelle Johnson


Poverty is a multi-faceted global problem. Nurses and providers are front-line caregivers for this vulnerable population. In order to provide effective care, individuals must understand their own attitudes towards poverty. The purpose of this study was to evaluate for changes in Practical Nursing students’ attitudes towards poverty with the use of a poverty simulation based upon the Experiential Learning Theory. Participants were surveyed using the Short Form Attitudes towards Poverty (SFATP) tool. The ELT espouses that the best learning occurs when students actively engage in an experience, reflect upon it, and then apply that learning to future experiences. Statistical significance was found in the factor of personal deficiency (p=.046), which indicated the control group had higher levels of positive attitude in this area that the experimental group. There was a non-significant improvement in the areas of stigma and structural perspective. The results of this scholarly project were impeded by the time frame and number of participants. More information is needed about the effect of this learning strategy in assisting, Practical Nursing students, to learn about the experience of living in poverty.