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Unique experiences of direct entry BSN/BS-PhD nursing students: A Delphi study.


ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:Given the aging nursing education workforce and the persistent high demand for doctorally-prepared nursing faculty, there is a critical need to increase the number of nurses entering and completing PhD programs. To fill this need, accelerated PhD education pathways, such as the direct entry BSN/BS-PhD education pathway, have become popular. OBJECTIVE:The objective of this study was to explore the unique characteristics of the direct entry BSN/BS-PhD student experience. This study defines and details the experiences of current and past direct entry BSN/BS-PhD students. DESIGN:This was a qualitative, descriptive study. SETTING:Web-based journals and feedback. PARTICIPANTS:Our sample includes four former and current direct entry BSN/BS-PhD students. METHODS:We used the Delphi method to first analyze participants' journal entries on their lived experiences, and then iteratively summarize and classify the experiences into summative themes. RESULTS:We found four themes unique to participants' experiences: commitment to science, nursing identity, exploring prospects, and balancing family and student expectations. CONCLUSIONS:To ensure that BSN/BS-PhD students have a high-quality education, nurse leaders should be aware of the unique perspectives of direct entry BSN/BS-PhD students. Results from this study can be used to evaluate BSN/BS-PhD programs from students' perspectives.

SUBMITTER: Xu J 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6497395 | BioStudies | 2018-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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