Graduate Nursing Education: Reforming Perspectives Through the Lens of Transformative Learning

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243181
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Graduate Nursing Education: Reforming Perspectives Through the Lens of Transformative Learning
Author(s):
Morris, Arlene H.; Parker, Francine M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Theta Delta
Author Details:
Morris, Arlene H., RN, EdD, amorris@aum.edu; Parker, Francine M., EdD, MSN, RN;
Abstract:
Purpose: Registered nurses often return to school for an advanced degree to fulfill an academic, personal or professional goal. Through the educational endeavor, these students may experience resocialization of their perspectives related to professional nursing values and roles. The purpose of this presentation is to share research findings describing changes in perspectives which reflected the learning or relearning that occurred in returning students, based on Mezirow’s Perspective Transformation Theory (1978).

Methods: This qualitative, descriptive research, a replication of Cragg and Andrusyszyn’s 2005 study of MSN graduates in Canada, examined changes in the knowledge and attitudes of graduates from MSN programs in one southern state. University Institutional Review Board approval was obtained, followed by email correspondence with eight graduate nursing programs requesting assistance with recruiting participants. Return of a demographic survey via email served as consent to participate. Of the 29 participants who returned the survey, 22 scheduled an interview. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in person or via telephone. A virtual option was initially available through a Wiki site; however, this method was not utilized due to technology issues. Interviews were tape recorded and professionally transcribed.

Results: Data were analyzed using summative content analysis. Findings substantiated the changes in attitudes, knowledge and skills of MSN graduates identified in Cragg and Andrusyszyn’s study. Presenters will share outcomes from the research within the context of Transformative Learning Theory to illustrate Mezirow’s Phases of Perspective Transformation. Themes of general changes included professional growth; increased self-confidence and awakening to the broader role of the nurse in health care delivery systems.

Conclusions: Specific practice changes were identified as higher order skills in cognition, problem solving and critical thinking. Valuing evidence- based practice as a result of the educational process correlate with current global challenges faced by all nurse educators and leaders.

Keywords:
Transformative learning; Mezirow's Perspective Transformation; Nursing education
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012 ; 12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleGraduate Nursing Education: Reforming Perspectives Through the Lens of Transformative Learningen
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Arlene H.en
dc.contributor.authorParker, Francine M.en
dc.contributor.departmentTheta Deltaen
dc.author.detailsMorris, Arlene H., RN, EdD, amorris@aum.edu; Parker, Francine M., EdD, MSN, RN;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243181-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b> Registered nurses often return to school for an advanced degree to fulfill an academic, personal or professional goal. Through the educational endeavor, these students may experience resocialization of their perspectives related to professional nursing values and roles. The purpose of this presentation is to share research findings describing changes in perspectives which reflected the learning or relearning that occurred in returning students, based on Mezirow&rsquo;s Perspective Transformation Theory (1978). <p><b>Methods: </b> This qualitative, descriptive research, a replication of Cragg and Andrusyszyn&rsquo;s 2005 study of MSN graduates in Canada, examined changes in the knowledge and attitudes of graduates from MSN programs in one southern state. University Institutional Review Board approval was obtained, followed by email correspondence with eight graduate nursing programs requesting assistance with recruiting participants. Return of a demographic survey via email served as consent to participate. Of the 29 participants who returned the survey, 22 scheduled an interview. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in person or via telephone. A virtual option was initially available through a Wiki site; however, this method was not utilized due to technology issues. Interviews were tape recorded and professionally transcribed. <p><b>Results: </b> Data were analyzed using summative content analysis. Findings substantiated the changes in attitudes, knowledge and skills of MSN graduates identified in Cragg and Andrusyszyn&rsquo;s study. Presenters will share outcomes from the research within the context of Transformative Learning Theory to illustrate Mezirow&rsquo;s Phases of Perspective Transformation. Themes of general changes included professional growth; increased self-confidence and awakening to the broader role of the nurse in health care delivery systems. <p><b>Conclusions: </b> Specific practice changes were identified as higher order skills in cognition, problem solving and critical thinking. Valuing evidence- based practice as a result of the educational process correlate with current global challenges faced by all nurse educators and leaders.en
dc.subjectTransformative learningen
dc.subjectMezirow's Perspective Transformationen
dc.subjectNursing educationen
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:18:39Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12en
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:18:39Z-
dc.conference.date2012en
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen
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