A Study of Socialization of Accelerated Bsn Graduates

Topics: Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing Pages: 116 (34797 words) Published: March 23, 2013
A STUDY OF SOCIALIZATION OF ACCELERATED BSN GRADUATES

Approved by ___________________________________, Co-director, Doctoral James Henderson Dissertation Committee ___________________________________, Co-director, Doctoral Eunsook Hyun Dissertation Committee ___________________________________, Member, Doctoral Carol Sedlak Dissertation Committee

Accepted by ___________________________________, Chairperson, Department of Teaching, Kenneth Teitelbaum Leadership, and Curriculum Studies ___________________________________, Dean, College and Graduate School of David A. England Education, Health, and Human Services

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This achievement would have been impossible without the encouragement and support of my family. I particularly appreciate my loving husband Clifford for taking this journey with me and seeing the project come to fruition. I am indebted to the eight accelerated BSN graduates who enthusiastically participated in this study, contributing their insight into nursing as both students and graduates. Their candor during the interviews and desire to make their stories known was especially helpful. As most stated in their interviews, they wanted to make a difference in the lives of others and believed their voices would be heard through their participation in this study. I thank them very much. With considerable gratitude I would like to acknowledge and thank my dissertation committee: Dr. James Henderson, Dr. Eunsook Hyun, and Dr. Carol Sedlak. With their guidance and insight I was able to complete my journey. Under Dr. James Henderson’s tutelage I was inspired to engage in deep reflective thought throughout this study, and Dr. Eunsook Hyun spent numerous hours directing me through the data analysis, illuminating what the data revealed. I would also like to thank the faculty at Cleveland State University School of Nursing for support and assistance during the entire course of this project. Special thanks goes to Colleen Kurzawa for the graphic design of Figure 1.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ................................................................................................. iv LIST OF TABLES........................................................................................................... viii CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION .........................................................................................................1 Socialization...................................................................................................................4 Professional Socialization........................................................................................5 Professional Identity ................................................................................................6 Feeling of Being a Nurse .........................................................................................8 Statement of the Problem...............................................................................................9 Purpose of the Study ....................................................................................................11 Research Questions......................................................................................................11 Definitions....................................................................................................................11 Assumptions.................................................................................................................12 Limitations ...................................................................................................................13 Significance..................................................................................................................13 II REVIEW OF LITERATURE........................................................................................15...
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