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ERIC Number: ED277946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 16
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Coping Styles of Nurses Returning to School.
Perry, Gloria R.
Nurses returning to school to seek baccalaureate degrees are often mature women with families and full-time jobs who experience numerous role conflicts as wives, mothers, employees, and students. In studying college-educated women and role conflict, Hall (1972) delineated three predominant coping patterns: (1) Type I, negotiation type coping, which involves negotiating with persons in one's environment to reduce role conflict and strain; (2) Type II, priority setting, which involves deciding which roles to emphasize, which to diminish, and which to drop; and (3) Type III, the superwoman approach, which involves trying to meet all role demands and which is analogous to having no conscious coping style. An instrument (Lamont, et al., 1985) using Hall's conceptual model to determine predominant coping styles of respondents based upon their answers to six vignettes was administered to 157 registered nurses enrolled in a baccalaureate completion program. The results revealed a clear preference for negotiation type coping in the sample. Each vignette represented a conflict experienced by mature students enrolled in professional study. The results showed that the type of situation dictated the coping response at least on a group level. Findings from this descriptive survey have implications for nurse educators, nurse employers, and for those who counsel and work with nurses returning to school, as well as for nurses themselves. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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