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ERIC Number: ED580244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 137
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-3554-2062-3
Stressors Experienced by Nursing Students Enrolled in Baccalaureate Second Degree Accelerated Registered Nursing Programs
Bell, Charlene
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
A mounting concern throughout the country is a current and growing nursing shortage. In order to meet the growing demand of nurses, many colleges have created baccalaureate second degree accelerated registered nursing programs. Stressors, experienced by nursing students in these accelerated programs, may affect their retention. A deeper understanding of stressors experienced by these nursing students is needed to facilitate effective coping strategies and support learning. Therefore, it is necessary to identify these stressors in order for faculty to effectively meet the needs of students enrolled in baccalaureate second degree accelerated registered nursing programs. The use of a basic qualitative research design explored the examination, the contextual nature and the meaning of stressors from the students' perspective, and provided a more comprehensive understanding of factors contributing to student attrition. The sample of the population consisted of 14 nursing students enrolled in baccalaureate second degree accelerated registered nursing programs. Analysis of the nine interview questions revealed three dominant themes. These themes were daily demands, support, and motivators. The theme of daily demands was further coded into subthemes of time, finances, and preparation. The theme of support was further coded into six subthemes listed as: support derived from faculty, family (including spouse or boyfriend), friends, cohorts, faculty, and others. The theme of motivators was further coded into three subthemes: financial gain and the desire to repay student loans; completion of the program and the desire to help others. Findings of this research revealed that identified stressors perceived and described by the participants possibly interfered with the learning process. The overwhelming levels of stressors, not enough critical thinking skills, and lack of relevant clinical experiences leads to questions about the potential diminished value of these programs to both future nurses and their patients. The cumulative effect of these stressors has a potential effect on the quality of patient care by graduates of these programs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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