Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Barbara Burch (Chair), Dr. Keith Bird, Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, Dr. Sherry Reid

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


This exploratory study examined successful associate degree nursing students’ perceptions regarding the importance of caring by the nursing faculty, nursing faculty/student interaction, and faculty use of active teaching strategies. Participants completed a researcher developed survey instrument that measured both the importance and frequency of the caring, interaction, and active teaching strategies. The survey instrument measured six demographic factors and 30 statements regarding caring, interaction, and active teaching. Participants rated the statements for both importance and frequency on a four-point Likert scale. Five community and technical college associate degree nursing programs participated in the research with a total of 270 successful associate degree nursing student candidates completing the survey.

Data analysis revealed that successful nursing students value caring, faculty/student interaction, and active teaching by their nursing faculty. Additionally, the students rated their nursing faculty as providing the care, interaction, and active teaching as often to almost always.


Community College Leadership | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Nursing