This community contains the theses and dissertations of the Department of Graduate Nursing.
The Department of Graduate Nursing offers the following graduate options:
Masters of Science (MS) degree in 3 specializations:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nursing Leadership

PhD in Nursing

Due to copyright restrictions, the collection contains both open access and university access theses and dissertations. University access items are only available to SDSU users, and on-campus visitors. Non-SDSU users wishing to access restricted materials may request items through their institution’s interlibrary loan services.

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ETDS from 1995

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Functional Ability and Hope: A Study of the Frail Elderly Home Health Client Post-hospitalization, Arlene Horner

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The Relationship between Learning Style Preference and Academic Achievement of Freshmen Associate Degree Nursing Students, Adele Jacobson

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Relationship between Menstrual Status, Self Esteem, and Exercise - a Health Promotive Behavior, Lorall J. Karpuk

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Health Promotion Lifestyles of Mid-life Women Who Regularly Exercise, Paulette Kirby

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Patient Satisfaction with Nurse Practitioner Service in a Rural Setting, Nancy A. Knudtson

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The Prevalence of Microbial Growth in Enteral Tube Feeding in Two North Central Hospitals, Carol M. McGinnis

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Hospital Based Postpartum Care Programs, Martha Pap

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Serial Orthostatic Parameter Measurements in the Elderly, Dorothy B. Peterson

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Quality of Life Issues of Rural Breast Cancer Survivors: A Replicated Study, M. Kathryn Petta

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Selected Input, Throughput, and Output Variables and Their Relationship to Academic Success in an Associate Degree Nursing Program, Susan L. Reinhart

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The Relationship between Blood Pressure and Total Sodium Intake among Rural Adolescents, Clara T. Rieck

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Activities of Daily Living and Post Hospitalized Rural Elderly Person's Home Help, Mieca S. Valen

ETDS from 1994

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Health-promoting Behaviors of Adults Who Attend Nurse-managed Cardiac Risk Screening Clinics in the Rural Midwest, Diana L. Berkland

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Placing a Parent in the Nursing Home: the Decision-making Experience, Taphne L. Blue

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An Exploration of the Relationships between Adolescent Pregnancy, Perception of Body Image, and Self-esteem, Leann W. Buell

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Differences in Knowledge Levels About Pain Management Among Advanced Practice Nurses and Non-advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Patricia J. Bultsma

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The Influence of Employer-sponsored On-site Child Care on Employment of Nurses Who Work in Hospitals, Denise L. Burggraff

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Determination of Nurses Awareness of Battered Women, Barbara A. Condon

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An Identification of Hope Level and Frequency of Coping Response Among Hospitalized Post-myocardial Infarction Patients, Vonna R. Cranston

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Perception of Control Over Daily Activities and Hopelessness in Elderly Rural Nursing Home Residents, Melanie Dunlap

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Relationship of Water Intake and Cognitive Function, Communication/Hearing, and Vision Pattern Among Nursing Home Residents, Deborah Erickson

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Impact of the Growing Healthy Curriculum on Health Promotion Behaviors of South Dakota Children, Lisa M. Feller

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The Relationship Between Job Stress and the Smoking Behavior of Nurses, Sandra Goehring

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The Association of Nutritional Intake and Functional Ability Among Long-Term Care Residents, Joyce E. Graves

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The Non-Medical Expenses Associated with Childhood Cancer, Mary Haight

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The Differences in Role Conception among Students upon Exit from an Associate Degree Nursing Program, Julie Hanson

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Coping Humor and Life Satisfaction Among Elderly Women Living in the Community, Jeanette L. Hoffman

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Association of Nutritional Intake with Psychosocial Well-being, and Mood and Behavior Among Nursing Home Residents, Maxine E. Kilstrom

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Determining Relationships Among Perceived Health Status and Health Promoting Lifestyles of Frontier Elderly, September Kirby

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The Perimenopausal Phenomenon in Catholic Nuns, Debra A. Kolecka

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Self-esteem and Body Image Changes in Adolescents After Scarring Surgery, Kristi L.M. Mitchell

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Role Expectations of the In-patient Nurse Practitioner, Karen K. Murphy

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Relationship between Self-esteem and Alcohol Use in Low Income Pregnant Women, Ann M. Pick

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A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between Instructor and Students' Perception of Spiritual Care Curriculum Content, Nancy Sonne

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Relationships in Neonatal Glucose Values Among Four Measurement Methods, Gayle Stroschein

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Family Resources and the School-aged Child with Special Needs, Marlene R. Sturdevant

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The Relationship between Social Support and Impact of Family Support Group, Gloria S. Thompson

ETDS from 1993

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Circumstances Surrounding Contaminated Needlestick and other Sharp Object Injuries in the Acute Health Care Setting, Gwen M. Beiningen

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Factors Affecting Attendance of Continuing Education Programs by Registered Nurses in South Dakota, Zita Billings

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Adolescent HIV Health Knowledge Application of the Health Belief Model, Julie A. Bostic

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The Relationship Between Experiential Learning Syle and Computer Attitudes Among Generic Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Judy Crane

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Dwell Time of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters and Incidence of Phlebitis: A Randomized Controlled Study, Diana V. Edwards

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Toward an Appropriate Fetal Growth Curve for South Dakota, Linda M. W. Erlenbusch

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Nurses Perspective of Factors Influencing Pain Management Regimen in the Elderly, Ruth Galbraith

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Death Anxiety and Clinical Experience in Generic Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Carol D. Hanson

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Level of Self-esteem of Rural Staff Nurses, Arlene M. Herberden

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Detection of Physical Abuse Barriers to Nurses' Detection of Physical Abuse in Adult Female Clients, Maureen R. Horsley

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A Descriptive Correlational Study of Relationship Between Adult Postoperative Patient's Pain Ratings and Nurse's Ratings of Patient's Pain, Julie A. Jones

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Psychopathic Agents: Use and Implications for Rural Caregivers of Dementia Patients, Debra Juffer

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Physical Abuse During Pregnancy: A Prevalence Study, Colleen N. Kellar

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Functional Decline in the Hospitalized Elderly: A Retrospective Descriptive Study, Janice M. Kortemeyer

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Psychotropic and Social Drug Use in the Rural Community Elderly, Mary Kovarna

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Rural Women and Health Status Appraisal, Martha Lystad

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Critical Characteristics of Effective Clinical Instruction, Patricia A. Melcher

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Knowledge Deficits of Radation Therapy Patients in a Rural Setting: A Pilot Study, Kim H. Nearhood

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Relationship between Critical Thinking and Grade Point Averages of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Students, Diane W. Sandhoff

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Predictability of the Burns' Wean Assessment Program Tool: A Replication Study, Constance K. Schmidt

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Relationship between Adult Patient's Reading Levels and Comprehension of Consent Form, Gwendolyn K. Schroeder

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Ethiopian Refugees' Perspectives on Health Care, Lois D.J. Schuller

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Nurse Caring Behaviors Perceived as Most Important and Least Important by Adult Patients with Cancer, Pamila L. VanMeeteren

ETDS from 1992

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The Relationship of a Hospital Merger to Elicited Moods and Feelings of the Merging and Merged Professional Nursing Staff, Goldie Burnham

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The Relationship Between Practice Setting Characteristics and Health Promotion Activities of Family Nurse Practitioners, Jill J. Christie

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Needs of the Primary Family Caregiver of Cancer Clients During the Intermediate Phase of Illness, Lori L. Doeschot

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Perception of Life Expectancy and Patterns of Health-Promoting Lifestyles of Young Adults, Bette J. Gustafson

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The Relationship between Affirmatory and Disaffirmatory Communication and Self-satisfaction among Pregnant Women, Lori J. Hanson

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No Code and the Role of the Nurse: The Perception of the Older Adult, Rhonda Jensen

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What Nursing Students Perceive as the Caring Ethic, Elizabeth A. Johnson

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Physicians' Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward a Hospice Program of Care and their Referral of Patients to that Program, Kathleen A. Knutson

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The Relationship Between Practice Setting Characteristics and Health Promotion Activities of Family Nurse Practitioners, Paulette Maassen

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Effect of an Educational Presentation on Neonatal Nurses' Knowledge of Bedside Blood Glucose Screening Using Chemstrip BG Reagent Strips, Sharon M. Martin

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The Relationship of Hardiness to Student Appraisal of Stress in a First and Final Clinical Nursing Situation, Lucinda K. Mehl

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Differences in Health-Promoting Actions Among Young Adults Who Highly Value Health and Those Who Do Not, Doreen Miller

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Childhood Chronic Illness: Impact on Well Siblings, Diane L. Murray

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Application of Lewin's Change Process to Nurses in Employment Transition, Nancy Nelson

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Maternal Descriptions of their Unborn Children During Pregnancy, Peggy F. Schuelke

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The Relationship of Registered Nurses' Demographic Characteristics to their Perceived Level of Autonomy, Renee G. Schulz

ETDS from 1991

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Difference between Nurses' Role Conception and Perceived Image, Judy A. Anderson

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The Effects of Removing Physical Restraints from the Elderly in a Nursing Home, Mina Hall

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Informational Needs and Preferred Time to Receive Information for Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients, Patrice Hanisch

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Perceptions about Benefits of and Barriers to Breast Self-examination, Ruth H. Kenefick

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Caring: The Essence of Nursing a Study of Patients' Perceptions of Caring Behaviors of the Nurse, Becky Nelson

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Breast Self-Examination Performance Proficiency Among Rural Women, Linda Pudenz

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Cultural Comparison: Nurse Selected Pain Management Actions, Verna J. Schad

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The Veterans' Degree of Satisfaction with Selected aspects of Hospital Nursing Care Behaviors, Linda S. Tom

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The Effects of Voluntary Decision to Enter a Supervised-living Apartment Dwelling on Elderly Residents' Frequency of Experienced Uplifts, Hassles, and Self-Efficacy, Robyn L. Tyler

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A Study of the Characteristics of Chemically Dependent Nurses Disciplined by a State Board of Nursing in the Upper Midwest, Diana V. Woude

ETDS from 1990

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Health Beliefs and Compliance Among Adults with Cardiac Disease, Elizabeth S. Bauer

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The Needs of Family Members of Critically Ill Patients and those the Family Members Identify as Persons who Help Them Meet Those Needs, Beverly Duffel

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Fatigue Experiences in Cancer Patients: Etiology and its Impact on Self-care Activities and Quality of Life, Kristine Gaster

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Informational and Support Needs of Hysterectomy Patients: Patient Perceptions, Susan F. Hohm

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Impact of Presurgical Learning on Anxiety and Knowledge, Valerie A. Jones

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Women's Perception of Treatment Choices and Counseling for Early Breast Cancer, Phyllis Kertzman

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The Relationship of Knowledge, Health Beliefs and Health Behaviors in Osteoporosis Prevention of College-Age Women, Joanne Mehlhaff

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The Effect of Back Massage on Anxiety Level Among Elderly Residents in a Long-term Care Facility, Janice M. Patterson

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Patient Falls in the Acute Care Setting: An Institutional Analysis, Clare R. Pittman

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Evaluation of Two Different types of Preoperative Instruction on Learning and Anxiety, Janet L. Reich

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A Life Experience: Making a Health Care Treatment Decision, Deborah A. Soholt

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Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose: A Comparison of Diabetes Educator Instruction Versus Self-instruction, Diane B. Trapp

ETDS from 1989

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Effects of Health Promotion on Exercise of Self-care Agency in Independent Older Adults, Rebecca J. Blue

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The Relationship of Selected Preprogram and Intraprogram Standardized Examination Scores and Age to National Council Licensure Examination-RN Scores in a Rural Associate Degree Nursing Program, Marge Scudder Brchan