Date Approved

3-17-2016

Embargo Period

3-18-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kerrigan, Monica

Second Advisor

Lown, Maris

Third Advisor

Yannuzzi, Raymond

Subject(s)

Nurse educators

Disciplines

Higher Education | Nursing

Abstract

This study explored the stories of the experiences of three associate degree nurse educators and how they evolved in the way they viewed their world as they transitioned in their role from nurse expert to experienced nurse educator. As associate degree nursing education is the most commonly reported initial nursing education of registered nurses in the United States, and, because of the highly affordable and accessible means for educating the next generation of nurses, the purpose of this study was to address the projected nurse and nursing faculty shortage. Through narrative inquiry, this study has provided a means to inform and educate prospective readers of what it means to be an associate degree nurse educator in the community college setting, with the goal of enlightening, inspiring, and creating connections between faculty and clinical nurses and students, thus promoting them to consider entering in the field of nursing education.

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