Exploring Educational Issues: International Nursing Students Enrolled in Professional Nursing Programs in South Texas and Their Perceptions of Educational Barriers
Date of Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This qualitative study explores educational challenges as manifested in the experiences of the English language learner (ELL) nursing students enrolled in a professional nursing program in San Antonio, Texas. Eleven participants were interviewed for this study using 7 open-ended questions. The research methodology applied in this study was interpretive, guided by phenomenology with the lived experiences of the ELL nursing students being the focus of the analysis. Discourse analysis and thematic analysis revealed the following themes: (a) student study habits, (b) student distress, (c) student support system, and (d) student learning tasks. Each theme is discussed in depth and supported by exact participant quotations. The study concludes with implications for faculty, student, institution, and curriculum improvements that may promote the ELL nursing student's successful completion of nursing school.
Sparks, Wanda R., "Exploring Educational Issues: International Nursing Students Enrolled in Professional Nursing Programs in South Texas and Their Perceptions of Educational Barriers" (2009). Theses & Dissertations. 219.