How One Forms a Professional Identity: Perspectives from Pre-Licensure Student Nurses and Their Faculty

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304349
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
How One Forms a Professional Identity: Perspectives from Pre-Licensure Student Nurses and Their Faculty
Author(s):
Godfrey, Nelda; Crigger, Nancy J.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Mu Mu
Author Details:
Nelda Godfrey, PhD, APRN, BC, NGODFREY@kumc.edu; Nancy J. Crigger, RN, PhD, MA;
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013

Purpose:  Forming a professional identity within a discipline is a multi-faceted process (Sullivan, 2005). However, empirical evidence about 1) how to form a professional nursing identity and 2) factors that positively influence professional identity formation during the pre-licensure educational experience is absent.  Despite the lack of evidence, nursing faculty continue to be concerned about the lack of professionalism in student populations and have few tools available to assess and intervene as they facilitate students’ learning about these complex values and behaviors. This research is an important first step in developing a data-driven body of knowledge for forming professional identity in nursing. 

Methods:  A qualitative survey with three open-ended questions are used to assess student responses about professional identity formation, professionalism, and the definition of nursing.  Students from three different types of schools of nursing--a baccalaureate, small private liberal arts college, a baccalaureate, public, research intensive university, and a public, urban community college--are surveyed at three specific points in their pre-licensure programs.  Faculty from each of the three schools participate in recorded, semi-structured focus groups designed to discover strategies that faculty use with each group of students to form and foster professional identity formation.

Results: The first of three periods of data collection is completed, and analysis of student responses is underway using NVIVO 9.0 qualitative software.  Preliminary results indicate thoughtful, comprehensive responses from each student group.  Focus group sessions with faculty will take place December 2012, with findings determined by March 2013.

Conclusion:  Pre-licensure students in three nursing programs thoughtfully respond to open ended questions about professionalism, professional identity formation, and the definition of nursing.  Complete findings of the first period of data collection and of the focus groups responses will be completed by May 2013.

Keywords:
professional ethics; professional identity; nursing education
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHow One Forms a Professional Identity: Perspectives from Pre-Licensure Student Nurses and Their Facultyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGodfrey, Neldaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCrigger, Nancy J.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentMu Muen_GB
dc.author.detailsNelda Godfrey, PhD, APRN, BC, NGODFREY@kumc.edu; Nancy J. Crigger, RN, PhD, MA;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304349-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>  Forming a professional identity within a discipline is a multi-faceted process (Sullivan, 2005). However, empirical evidence about 1) how to form a professional nursing identity and 2) factors that positively influence professional identity formation during the pre-licensure educational experience is absent.  Despite the lack of evidence, nursing faculty continue to be concerned about the lack of professionalism in student populations and have few tools available to assess and intervene as they facilitate students’ learning about these complex values and behaviors. This research is an important first step in developing a data-driven body of knowledge for forming professional identity in nursing.  <p><b>Methods: </b>  A qualitative survey with three open-ended questions are used to assess student responses about professional identity formation, professionalism, and the definition of nursing.  Students from three different types of schools of nursing--a baccalaureate, small private liberal arts college, a baccalaureate, public, research intensive university, and a public, urban community college--are surveyed at three specific points in their pre-licensure programs.  Faculty from each of the three schools participate in recorded, semi-structured focus groups designed to discover strategies that faculty use with each group of students to form and foster professional identity formation. <p><b>Results: </b> The first of three periods of data collection is completed, and analysis of student responses is underway using NVIVO 9.0 qualitative software.  Preliminary results indicate thoughtful, comprehensive responses from each student group.  Focus group sessions with faculty will take place December 2012, with findings determined by March 2013. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>  Pre-licensure students in three nursing programs thoughtfully respond to open ended questions about professionalism, professional identity formation, and the definition of nursing.  Complete findings of the first period of data collection and of the focus groups responses will be completed by May 2013.en_GB
dc.subjectprofessional ethicsen_GB
dc.subjectprofessional identityen_GB
dc.subjectnursing educationen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:34:01Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:34:01Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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