Title

Exploring and Developing a College's Community of Interest: An Appreciative Inquiry

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-1-2003

Department

Nursing

Abstract

This study examined what the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education identifies as a college of nursing's internal and external "community of interest." Using "appreciative inquiry" in this study of a college campus, we examined the parts of the historical past that the community believed should be maintained, its vision of excellence for the college, the ways in which the vision could be realized, and its part in fulfilling the expectations of a shared, cocreated vision. Investigators collected data using a self-developed, one-on-one interview and focus-group format and analyzed the data using content analysis. The findings suggest that the community shared values of preserving the college's past and of its vision for the college's future. However, it differed in the means of puffing its cocreated vision into practice and in defining its contributions in realizing the vision it created for the college. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Journal of Professional Nursing

Volume

19

Issue

6

First Page

364

Last Page

371