ERIC Number: EJ1155135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Personal Transformation in RNs Who Recently Graduated from an RN to BSN Program
Becker, Annette L.
Journal of Transformative Education, v15 n4 p315-333 Oct 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore experiences of personal transformation and development of self-authorship in registered nurses (RNs) who recently completed an RN to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. A content analysis was performed on the qualitative data obtained from semistructured interviews with 14 RNs. Experiences of personal transformation and development of self-authorship fell into two categories: "changes in self" included having gained (1) a broader perspective, (2) confidence, and (3) awareness and clarity, and "changes in practice" included feeling (1) more well rounded as a nurse, (2) more confidence in practice, and (3) having acquired new skills. Meaningful changes occurred in this sample of RNs, shedding light on characteristics of personal transformation in the context of learning. Development of self-authorship differed by age-groups. Research is recommended to explore ways to encourage personal transformation and development of self-authorship and whether these changes in RNs have an impact on patient care outcomes.
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Nurses, Graduates, Self Concept, Transformative Learning, Self Esteem, Skill Development, Age Differences, Patients, Health Services, Bachelors Degrees, Qualitative Research, Semi Structured Interviews, Statistical Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Content Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education
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