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UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

12-1-2014

The Lived Experience of Nursing Students During Their The Lived Experience of Nursing Students During Their

Psychiatric Nursing Education: Does It Influence View of Psychiatric Nursing Education: Does It Influence View of

Psychiatric Nursing as a Career Choice? Psychiatric Nursing as a Career Choice?

Lisa Mcconlogue
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, [email protected]

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THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF NURSING STUDENTS DURING THEIR

PSYCHIATRIC NURSING EDUCATION: DOES IT INFLUENCE

VIEW OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AS A CAREER CHOICE?



by



Lisa McConlogue


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The College of New Jersey
1996


Master of Science in Nursing

Temple University
2000




A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment


of the requirements for the


Doctor of Philosophy -- Nursing


School of Nursing
Division of Health Sciences

Graduate College


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
December 2014

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Data Analysis

Each of the interviews was transcribed from the digital audio recorder to a

Microsoft Word document by the researcher. Data was coded and analyzed using Nvivo

software and Colaizzi‘s 7-step method as outlined below.

Reading all descriptions. The process of the researcher typing the transcriptions

allowed an additional listening and typing after the interviews. Once the transcripts were

typed the researcher also listened to the audio recordings again to ensure the transcripts

were accurate. Finally, the researcher read and re-read all transcripts multiple times to

obtain the overall essence of the descriptions.

Extracting significant statements. Each of the 10 interviews produced between 5

to 13 pages of transcription, for a total of 36,195 words. Using Nvivo coding, the 10

interviews resulted in 552 significant words, statements, or phrases related to the nursing

student experience during their psychiatric didactic and clinical rotation and how that

experience influences their view of psychiatric nursing as a profession.

Formulating meanings of significant statements. Within Nvivo, each of the 552

significant words, statements and phrases were coded into general groupings based on

formulated meanings by the researcher.

Organizing formulated meanings into theme clusters. The general groupings

formulated in the previous step were then further analyzed and broken down into similar

meanings. From these similar meanings theme clusters were developed to represent the

participant experiences during the psychiatric didactic and clinical rotation in their

nursing education and its influence on psychiatric nursing as a profession. The theme

clusters developed were returned to the participants for feedback and validation as to

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whether this accurately represented their individual experiences.

Integrating the results. The researcher then used the theme clusters developed to

organize and integrate the findings into a narrative summary of the essence and themes of

the experience, as articulated by the participants. The essence, themes and subthemes

developed are discussed in detail in the next section.

Formulating a description of the fundamental structures of the phenomenon.

The researcher ensured that the fundamental structure of the phenomenon was thoroughly

and exhaustively described based on the essence, themes and subthemes developed.

Validating findings with the participants. Most participants stated the themes

did represent their experiences, however, there were two participants that stated the Fear

& Anxiety theme did not apply to their personal experience as much as the other themes.

Both of these participants had chosen psychiatric nursing as their first post-graduation

position and both had exposure to mental health prior to their nursing school experience.

However, both also stated that while they were not personally fearful or anxious, their

peers had been. One participant stated: “I was happy to see that I wasn’t the only one

that had some anxiety regarding my psych rotation”.

All of the other themes were validated by the participants who stated the summary

captured their experiences well. Both groups of participants were particularly intrigued

by the mitigating factor of prior exposure to mental health.

Essence, Themes and Subthemes

The researcher identified an overall essence of “Quality of Exposure to

Psychiatric Nursing”. Four main themes and five subthemes were identified that

reflected the experience of nurses during the psychiatric portion of their nursing student

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CURRICULUM VITA


Graduate College
University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Lisa Marie McConlogue



Degrees Earned

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1996
Trenton State College, Ewing, New Jersey


Master of Science in Nursing, 2000
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Certification

Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (September 2000-present)
RN in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (June 1996 – present)
Certificate in Distance Learning/Teaching (July 2014)



Special Honors and Awards

Sigma Theta Tau, 2000
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 2013



Dissertation Title

The Lived Experience of Nursing Students During Their Psychiatric Nursing
Education: Does it Influence View of Psychiatric Nursing as a Career Choice?



Dissertation Examination Committee

Chairperson, Tish Smyer, DNSc, RN, CNE
Committee Member, Michele Clark, PhD, RN
Committee Member, Alona Angosta, PhD, APRN, FNP, NP-C
Graduate College Representative, LeAnn Putney, PhD

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