The Effect of Life Skill Learning Program on Volunteer Behavior and the Attitude toward Sufficiency Economy among Nursing Students, Boromarajonani College of Nursing Udonthani
Keywords:life skill program, volunteer behavior, sufficiency economy philosophy, nursing students
Introduction: The main focus of life skill learning program is basic life skill for nursing students. The integrating between learning activities regarding volunteer behavior and the attitude toward sufficiency economy enhances the student identity of nursing students. Research objectives: To examine the effectiveness of life skill learning program on volunteer behavior and the attitude toward sufficiency economy among nursing students in Boromarajonani College of nursing Udonthani. Research method: The qua-si experimental study (one group pre and post- test design) was implemented. The participants were 191 first year nursing students, enrolled in the life skill course. There were 2 types of research instrument 1) the life skill learning program included 3 activities: the life skill course, the excursion to promote the sufficiency economy philosophy of the King Rama 9, and the combination of life skill and the sufficiency economy project 2) the measurements included: demographic data, volunteer behavior questionnaire and attitude toward sufficiency economy questionnaire. Results: The result found that after engagement into the intervention, the participant reported the significant difference of the volunteer behavior score (t(190) = 10.85, p < .001). The volunteer behavior score in post intervention (Mean = 129.13, SD = 27.83) was higher than those in baseline score (Mean = 112.19, SD = 29.38). Attitude toward sufficiency economy score was also showed the significant difference (t(190) = 14.11, p < .001). Score at post intervention (Mean = 63.46, SD= 9.42) was higher than those in baseline score (Mean = 56.70, SD =8.20). Conclusions: the life skill program showed effectiveness on increasing volunteer behavior and attitude toward sufficiency economy among nursing students. The further program should be integrated into extra curriculum in terms of student activities. Implications: This program has a potential to promote the nursing identity, therefore, the research replication is required in other nursing colleges.
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