Perceptions of the BSN: what nurses think and the factors that influence those perceptions

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dc.contributor Erevelles, Nirmala
dc.contributor Appel, Susan
dc.contributor Whisenant, Debra
dc.contributor Kangas, Sandra
dc.contributor.advisor McKnight, Douglas
dc.contributor.author Sauls, John
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-14T18:12:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-14T18:12:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003127
dc.identifier.other Sauls_alatus_0004D_13564
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5259
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has set a goal that 80% of nurses will be educated at the baccalaureate level or higher by the year 2020. Currently, only about 50% of nurses are educated at that level. To achieve that goal, significant work must be done to encourage nurses to return to school. Understanding the attitudes that nurses hold toward the baccalaureate degree, together with the factors that influence those perceptions, may lay the foundation for nursing leaders and educators to develop approaches that may be more effective in encouraging nurses to return to school. This study was designed, using a qualitative approach, to explore the perceptions and attitudes that nurses hold toward the BSN and the factors that influence those perceptions. The study found that non-BSN nurses generally view the BSN from the perspective of nurses’ performance at the bedside. BSN-prepared nurses are perceived as lacking the requisite technical skills of a good nurse. Factors that influence these perceptions, beyond the focus on skills, include a general view that “a nurse is a nurse is a nurse.” Other factors include the way in which the profession and employers fail to adequately differentiate nursing practice by educational level. The advanced recommendations to help address those perceptions and to act on the factors influencing those perceptions.
dc.format.extent 190 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Nursing
dc.title Perceptions of the BSN: what nurses think and the factors that influence those perceptions
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ed.D.


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