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The RN-BSN distance education experience: from educational limbo to more than an elusive degree.
J Prof Nurs. 2005 Sep-Oct; 21(5):283-92.JP

Abstract

This study describes a qualitative study designed to gain an understanding of professional growth as experienced by RN-BSN students taking their program by distance delivery. A convenience sample of senior students enrolled in an RN-BSN program, taking their classes either by live televised broadcast or by online instruction, volunteered to participate in the study. Data were collected through the use of online student discussions that took place over a 2-week period. The discussion was guided by the use of a semistructured interview schedule and facilitated by one member of the research team. Interview questions were posted every 2 to 3 days; additional questions were posted as threads as discussion board comments warranted. RN-BSN students described their pursuit of a BSN as a journey of being and becoming a professional. Although students already felt "professional," the impetus for the journey could be traced to the overriding theme of "falling short as a professional." RN-BSN students described their beginning journey toward the baccalaureate degree as an "educational limbo," out of which they moved with discovery of the RN-BSN distance program. What began as pursuit of an elusive degree that was expected to produce minimal change became more as RN-BSN students evolved as professionals along many dimensions. The implications of these findings for the development and design of curricular and pedagogical approaches to better serve the needs of this unique group of learners will be addressed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Mary Black School of Nursing, University of South Carolina Upstate, Spartanburg, 29303, USA. krush@uscupstate.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16179241

Citation

Rush, Kathy L., et al. "The RN-BSN Distance Education Experience: From Educational Limbo to More Than an Elusive Degree." Journal of Professional Nursing : Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, vol. 21, no. 5, 2005, pp. 283-92.
Rush KL, Waldrop S, Mitchell C, et al. The RN-BSN distance education experience: from educational limbo to more than an elusive degree. J Prof Nurs. 2005;21(5):283-92.
Rush, K. L., Waldrop, S., Mitchell, C., & Dyches, C. (2005). The RN-BSN distance education experience: from educational limbo to more than an elusive degree. Journal of Professional Nursing : Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 21(5), 283-92.
Rush KL, et al. The RN-BSN Distance Education Experience: From Educational Limbo to More Than an Elusive Degree. J Prof Nurs. 2005;21(5):283-92. PubMed PMID: 16179241.
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