Nurses with Physical Disabilities Experiences During Pre-licensure Education
AuthorsMantlow, Kimberly D.
Faculty AdvisorNancy Morris
UMass Chan AffiliationsTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
Document TypeDoctoral Dissertation
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AbstractPURPOSE: To describe the pre-licensure nursing educational experience of integration and inclusion among RNs with a physical disability during their education. SPECIFIC AIMS: 1) Describe the access RNs with a physical disability had to academic and social opportunities during their prelicensure education program that contributed to academic and social integration (inclusion). 2). Explore perceptions of RNs with a physical disability regarding inclusion and acceptance of their disability as a valued component of student diversity during their prelicensure education program. 3). Describe the contextual factors and key aspects of connection during the pre-licensure educational experiences of RNs who had a physical disability as positive (Disability-Diversity Connect) or negative and disintegrated (Disability-Diversity Disconnect). FRAMEWORK: This study was guided by The Disability-Diversity Disconnect (DDDM) by Aquino (2016). DESIGN: This study design used was qualitative description. It included semi-structured interviews using an interview guide based on the DDDM. RESULTS: 16 individuals with 14 different physical disabilities participated in this study. During data analysis four themes emerged: I Saved My Energy for Learning, Determination, Wanting to Find My People and Secrets, Living a Double Life which has a subtheme, Fear of Judgement. CONCLUSION: : Identification of factors related to inclusion within the academic environment provides insight for future work to examine the needs of prelicensure nursing students with physical disabilities and the potential to improve their future educational experiences.
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