Expanding My Horizons: Returning for Graduate Study after a Long Absence from the Academic Setting

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153217
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Presentation
Title:
Expanding My Horizons: Returning for Graduate Study after a Long Absence from the Academic Setting
Abstract:
Expanding My Horizons: Returning for Graduate Study after a Long Absence from the Academic Setting
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Webster, Sheri S., RN, MSN, CSPI
P.I. Institution Name:Georgia Poison Center
Title:Graduate Student
[Research Presentation] Purpose: Nursing literature evidences a significant time lapse between registered nursesÆ undergraduate degrees and their entrance to graduate school. The aim of this study was to explore and illuminate the lived experiences of registered nurses (RNs) who returned for graduate study nine or more years from the academic setting. Method: Husserlian phenomenology provided the methodological framework for this qualitative research study. Using purposive sampling, RNs employed by three large metropolitan hospitals and two colleges of nursing located in the southeastern United States were interviewed. Data saturation was reached with 10 participants. The average time between completion of the undergraduate degree and entrance to graduate school for these participants was 19 years. Audiotapes of the interviews were transcribed verbatim and the narratives were analyzed using Streubert's procedural interpretation of phenomenological methodology. Validity and trustworthiness were established through member check letters, affirming the themes and subthemes discovered by the researcher. Findings: Two major themes with five subthemes emerged: (1) Decision making with subthemes of internal motivation and value system influence, and (2) life altering event with subthemes of temporary adjustments, professional negotiation, and shift in praxis. Implications: These descriptions may offer insight to educators, healthcare employers, nurses, and their families in the development of strategies to recruit, educate, and support nurses returning for their advanced degrees. This study is also significant as it provides a basis for further research into this phenomenon.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExpanding My Horizons: Returning for Graduate Study after a Long Absence from the Academic Settingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153217-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Expanding My Horizons: Returning for Graduate Study after a Long Absence from the Academic Setting</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Webster, Sheri S., RN, MSN, CSPI</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Georgia Poison Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Graduate Student</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">swebster@georgiapoisoncenter.org</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Purpose: Nursing literature evidences a significant time lapse between registered nurses&AElig; undergraduate degrees and their entrance to graduate school. The aim of this study was to explore and illuminate the lived experiences of registered nurses (RNs) who returned for graduate study nine or more years from the academic setting. Method: Husserlian phenomenology provided the methodological framework for this qualitative research study. Using purposive sampling, RNs employed by three large metropolitan hospitals and two colleges of nursing located in the southeastern United States were interviewed. Data saturation was reached with 10 participants. The average time between completion of the undergraduate degree and entrance to graduate school for these participants was 19 years. Audiotapes of the interviews were transcribed verbatim and the narratives were analyzed using Streubert's procedural interpretation of phenomenological methodology. Validity and trustworthiness were established through member check letters, affirming the themes and subthemes discovered by the researcher. Findings: Two major themes with five subthemes emerged: (1) Decision making with subthemes of internal motivation and value system influence, and (2) life altering event with subthemes of temporary adjustments, professional negotiation, and shift in praxis. Implications: These descriptions may offer insight to educators, healthcare employers, nurses, and their families in the development of strategies to recruit, educate, and support nurses returning for their advanced degrees. This study is also significant as it provides a basis for further research into this phenomenon.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:07:25Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:07:25Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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