Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Nursing

Committee Chair

Dr. Lachel Story

Committee Chair Department

Nursing

Committee Member 2

Dr. Katherine Nugent

Committee Member 2 Department

Nursing

Committee Member 3

Dr. Janie Butts

Committee Member 3 Department

Nursing

Committee Member 4

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 5

Dr. Christina Sieloff

Abstract

The purpose of conducting this research was to determine the perception of group empowerment capacity (EC) and group empowerment capability (E) among faculty and administrators in associate degree nursing programs (ADN) in the United States (U.S.), whether there was a significant difference in the scores of EC and E between the two groups and if there was a significant relationship between the mediating variables and EC. The study was conducted online with administrators and faculty of ADN programs throughout the United States (U.S.). Information letters with questionnaire links were sent to all members of the Organization of Associate Degree Nurses (OADN) listserv and at least one administrator or faculty member from at least one ADN program in each state. The final sample number included 187 faculty members and 90 administrators.

This study concluded that faculty and administrators in ADN programs in the U.S. perceived high levels of empowerment. Second, there was a significant difference in EC and E between faculty and administrators in ADN programs in the U.S. While faculty also perceived high levels of empowerment, their scores were significantly lower than administrators. Finally, there was a significant positive relationship between the mediating variables and EC.

ORCID ID

orcid.org/0000-0003-4791-4240

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