Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

English as a Second Language Students' Experiences in Associate Degree Nursing Programs
by Lundgren, Angie, Ph.D., Walden University, 2020, 85; 27955123
Abstract (Summary)

The general nursing shortage experienced in the U.S. leads students who speak English as a second language (ESL) to enter into nursing school programs. Although these students may enter the nursing programs, they may not successfully complete the nursing programs due to various barriers they face during their enrollment. The purpose of this phenomenological study, guided by the NURS model, was to understand the perceptions and experiences of ESL nursing students related to learning and the barriers to learning and success while enrolled in an associate degree nursing program. Semi structured, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 15 associate degree ESL nursing students. The themes that emerged from the data were perceptions of high rigor of the nursing program, that dedication and commitment to the program of study was required; families had high expectations and students maintained responsibilities of the family, and ESL students perceived they were different from the rest of the class. The results of the study offer insights of the barriers perceived by nursing students to inform nursing faculty and future ESL nursing students on factors that may be needed to promote program success, persistence, and program completion. Recommendations for future studies are to investigate perceptions of ESL students of specific age groups and to better understand barriers experienced by ESL nursing students. The findings of this study provided an increased awareness of the barriers and experiences of ESL nursing students enrolled in an associate degree nursing program which will affect positive social change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hussey, Leslie
Commitee: Long, Janice, Martin, Mary
School: Walden University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Diversity, English as a second language, ESL, Minority, Nursing education, Nursing program
Publication Number: 27955123
ISBN: 9798641783673
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