The Lived Experience of Non-Degree Learners from a Time-Modified Traditional Baccalaureate Nursing Program.
Authors: Deboor SS, Smyer T
An emerging trend to temper the nursing shortage is to accelerate the pace of traditional 4-year baccalaureate programs, with minimal curricular or programmatic changes, which we refer to as a Time Modified Traditional Program (TMTP) study. Many students enrolled in a TMTP reflect the characteristics of entry-level, traditional nursing students. The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of how those non-degree, traditional baccalaureate nursing students experience education in a TMTP. Van Manen's six research activities of hermeneutic phenomenology guided this study. Colaizzi's seven-step method was used for analyzing the research data. Eight main themes were identified that provide a description of the phenomenon. Due to the intens...