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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Editor-in-Chief: Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne

Ed. by Maltby, Hendrika J. / Babenko-Mould, Yolanda / Booth, Richard Garnet

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Outcomes of Master's Education in Nursing

C.E. 'Betty' Cragg / Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn
Published Online: 2004-10-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.1057

This qualitative, descriptive study examined changes in perspective experienced by 22 recent graduates of Master’s in Nursing programs from three Ontario universities. Participants responded to semi-structured, taped interviews and recounted personal, practice, and attitudinal changes they could attribute to completing a Master’s program in Nursing. Among outcomes were personal ones including greater self-confidence, credibility, and acuity of critical thinking. Deeper and broader world-views of the profession and health care were evident. All participants valued evidence-based practice, reporting greater use of multiple information sources. Participants communicated with other professionals on more equal terms and some described a multicultural function, translating knowledge between staff nurses and members of other disciplines. Pride in nursing and its potential for shaping health care was a recurring theme. More professional opportunities became available following Master’s studies. The outcomes of this study contribute to understanding the effects of graduate education in nursing.

Keywords: Graduate education; Education outcomes; Nursing graduate education; Perspective Transformation.

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Published Online: 2004-10-08

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1548-923X.1057.

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