Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Education

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College of Nursing

First Advisor

Holly Madison

Second Advisor

Melissa Tovin

Third Advisor

Wendy Bowles

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Nova Southeastern University


Background. Prelicensure baccalaureate nursing faculty manage up to five generations in the classroom. Each generation has its own unique educational needs and learning styles, which present pedagogical challenges for nursing faculty. Students need to be prepared to provide care for complex patients in a changing healthcare environment. Research-based pedagogies, such as narrative pedagogy, enable faculty to use teaching and learning approaches in which students can translate knowledge acquired in the classroom to their clinical practice. Purpose. The purpose of this study was to understand the lived experience of prelicensure nursing faculty as they implemented narrative pedagogy in the classroom or clinical settings. The research question was What are the lived experiences of prelicensure nursing faculty using narrative pedagogy in the classroom and clinical settings? Methods. Qualitative descriptive phenomenology was used for this study; constructivism provided the philosophical underpinning. Eleven participants from three universities comprised the purposive sample of prelicensure nursing faculty who had varying degrees of experience implementing narrative pedagogy and agreed to individual semistructured interviews. Data analysis with qualitative methods revealed fives themes: (a) Exploring Narrative Pedagogy, (b) Experience Using Narrative Pedagogy, (c) Student Experience, (d) Faculty and Administrative Dialogue, and (e) Critical Thinking. Conclusions. The findings indicated that all participants and their students experienced narrative pedagogy as beneficial to teaching and learning. Nursing faculty can confidently implement narrative pedagogy in prelicensure nursing education. Narrative pedagogy provides a robust method of teaching that fully prepares students for the complexities of today’s nursing practice.




Narrative pedagogy, Nursing education, Nursing faculty, Prelicensure baccalaureate, Teaching approach



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