Table 2: Nurse demographics and professional characteristics.

VariableStudy sample ( 1068)
(%)MSD

Age34.18.5
Gender
 Male217 (20.3)
 Female851 (79.7)
Race/ethnicity
 Caucasian1050 (98.4)
 Other 18 (1.6)
Marital status
 Single485 (45.4)
 Divorced 366 (34.3)
 Married190 (17.8)
 Other27 (2.6)
Nursing college degree
 Registered nurses801 (83.3)
 RN specialist1151 (14.1)
 Master’s/doctorate27 (2.6)
Professional nursing category
 Registered nurses949 (88.8)
 Specialized registered nurses119 (11.2)
Geriatric education or training
 Never922 (86.3)
 Short duration courses94 (8.8)
 Master’s/doctorate 52 (4.9)
Hospital type
 Academic647 (60.6)
 Hospital centers421 (39.4)
Principal unit worked
 Medical units536 (50.2)
 Surgical units331 (31.0)
 Critical care201 (18.8)
Years of experience in the profession 11.38.4
Years of work at the institution 10.08.1
Years of work in the current unit7.56.5

The RN specialist is a certificate by the Portuguese’s Nursing Council.