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Reforming Perspectives: MSN Graduates' Knowledge, Attitudes and Awareness of Self-Transformation

Debbie R Faulk, Francine M Parker and Arlene H Morris

Socialization includes internalization of attitudes and values critical to the development of a professional identity. Resocialization relates to the returning registered nurse student's development of professional values and roles. Nurse educators’ challenge is to consider socialization/resocialization as a formation/re-formation process. The purpose of this article is to report findings from a replication qualitative descriptive study that examined the process of change in knowledge and attitudes of recent MSN graduates using Mezirow’s (1994)Transformative Learning Theory. Findings substantiated the changes in attitudes, knowledge and skills of MSN graduates identified by Cragg and Andrusyszyn (2005). Results further inform nurse educators of the process of transformation in MSN graduates according to Mezirow’s Phases of Perspective Transformation.

Published Online: 2010-7-14

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