Descriptions of Caring Uncovered in Students’ Baccalaureate Program Admission Essays

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160291
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Presentation
Title:
Descriptions of Caring Uncovered in Students’ Baccalaureate Program Admission Essays
Abstract:
Descriptions of Caring Uncovered in Students’ Baccalaureate Program Admission Essays
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Sadler, Judith, PhD, RN
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:Bronson SON, 56189 Nottawa Road, Kalamazoo, MI, 49072, USA
The conceptualization of a “good” nurse has been of interest to the profession for decades. Early nurse leaders identified “that compassion was a necessary condition to the ‘being’ of a nurse” (Hamilton, 1994, p. 22) and March and McPherson (1996) reported that contemporary nurses identified being a caring nurse as the single most important attribute. While identification of caring as an attribute of “good” nurses has existed for decades, only recently has there been evidence of outcomes related to caring behaviors of nurses (Duffy & Hoskins, 2003). If nursing accepts that caring is a key attribute of nurses and has an effect on patient outcomes, educators need to evaluate baseline caring in applicants and facilitate development of caring through the educational process. Some nursing programs have relied on “soft data” collected through essays and interviews with applicants to begin to evaluate attributes of the applicant. The data have not been analyzed to determine what they contribute to understanding the applicant’s perspective on caring. The purpose of this study was to determine how students described caring in admission essays, which were not directed towards responding about caring. Following institutional review board approval, two hundred and thirty six essays written by applicants to one baccalaureate nursing program were analyzed for themes using QSR NUD*IST Vivo, (1999) and compared to Sadler’s (1997) concept analysis of caring. There were beginning level descriptions of caring uncovered in the student essays. Students drew relationships between caring and nursing, but by virtue of not having practiced professional nurse caring, could only speculate about the consequences. Essays of students may provide one method to garner baseline data on applicants’ understanding of caring and its relationship to nursing, which can be used to facilitate development of caring in students.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDescriptions of Caring Uncovered in Students’ Baccalaureate Program Admission Essaysen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160291-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Descriptions of Caring Uncovered in Students&rsquo; Baccalaureate Program Admission Essays </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Sadler, Judith, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Bronson SON, 56189 Nottawa Road, Kalamazoo, MI, 49072, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The conceptualization of a &ldquo;good&rdquo; nurse has been of interest to the profession for decades. Early nurse leaders identified &ldquo;that compassion was a necessary condition to the &lsquo;being&rsquo; of a nurse&rdquo; (Hamilton, 1994, p. 22) and March and McPherson (1996) reported that contemporary nurses identified being a caring nurse as the single most important attribute. While identification of caring as an attribute of &ldquo;good&rdquo; nurses has existed for decades, only recently has there been evidence of outcomes related to caring behaviors of nurses (Duffy &amp; Hoskins, 2003). If nursing accepts that caring is a key attribute of nurses and has an effect on patient outcomes, educators need to evaluate baseline caring in applicants and facilitate development of caring through the educational process. Some nursing programs have relied on &ldquo;soft data&rdquo; collected through essays and interviews with applicants to begin to evaluate attributes of the applicant. The data have not been analyzed to determine what they contribute to understanding the applicant&rsquo;s perspective on caring. The purpose of this study was to determine how students described caring in admission essays, which were not directed towards responding about caring. Following institutional review board approval, two hundred and thirty six essays written by applicants to one baccalaureate nursing program were analyzed for themes using QSR NUD*IST Vivo, (1999) and compared to Sadler&rsquo;s (1997) concept analysis of caring. There were beginning level descriptions of caring uncovered in the student essays. Students drew relationships between caring and nursing, but by virtue of not having practiced professional nurse caring, could only speculate about the consequences. Essays of students may provide one method to garner baseline data on applicants&rsquo; understanding of caring and its relationship to nursing, which can be used to facilitate development of caring in students. </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:48:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:48:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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