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Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Thomas Stenvig


nursing student attitudes, nursing study and teaching, rating of educators


This descriptive, grounded theory study identified recent baccalaureate degree nursing program graduates' perceptions of attributes exhibited by clinical nursing educators likely to enhance safe and effective nursing care. The study framework incorporates the cognitive field theory (Riley & Oermann, 1992), the humanistic philosophy of teaching and learning (Pine & Boy, 1977), and the Gestalt theory of learning.
Theoretical sampling with individual interviews was conducted with six baccalaureate degree nursing program graduates. A variety of demographic data was identified in the subjects for this study.
Data analysis by a three member review panel incorporated constant comparative analysis with open, axial, and selective coding (Strauss & Corbin, 1990, p. 101-161). The data revealed three categories of good clinical educator attributes including (a) knowledge, (b) educator presentation, and (c) teaching strategies. This data led to the development of clinical experience praxis involving clinical preparation, implementation, and evaluation.



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