Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Accountability among baccalaureate nursing students: Definitions, perceptions, and engagement practices of accountability
by Ort, Jennifer Ann, D.N.S., Sage Graduate School, 2016, 155; 10257944
Abstract (Summary)

To ensure optimal patient care an especially high level of accountability is required when entering the workforce. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore, describe, and define perceptions of accountability as described by sophomore and senior nursing students in two baccalaureate nursing programs. The research questions aimed to (a) define what it means to be accountable as a student in general and a nursing student in particular (b) describe the importance of accountability to the profession of nursing (c) describe the circumstances and conditions that demand accountability, and (d) engage in actions that promote self-accountability. After obtaining IRB approval, the researcher explained the study to the sophomore and senior nursing students who agreed to participate in the research. Eighteen participants were interviewed.

Six questions were asked during interviews conducted to investigate perceptions of accountability. Content analysis was used to discern the essence of the narratives, from which nine themes emerged. The nine themes identified are: Difficulty defining accountability and the interchangeable use of the terms; accountability and responsibility; emerging knowledge; focus on work of nursing; student attention to tasks and outcomes; motivation/self-discipline; student stress and sources of stress; conditions for accountability and responsibility, and faculty actions; and promoting self-accountability and accountability to others.

Study findings suggested that this group of students understood the importance of accountability but were unable to verbalize a definition, often confusing accountability with responsibility. Students perceived that faculty played a role in their academic success; students also promoted accountability in faculty and in peers who were less successful academically.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dacher, Joan E.
Commitee: Creegan, Maureen, Michela, Nancy J.
School: Sage Graduate School
Department: School of Health Sciences
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Adult education, Nursing
Keywords: Accountability, Conditions that demand accountability, Promoting accountability
Publication Number: 10257944
ISBN: 978-1-369-62978-1
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