Date of Award

Spring 1993

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




The purposes of this study were: (1) to describe associate degree nursing students' perceptions of clinical instructors; (2) to discover who serves as the primary role model for associate degree nursing students; and (3) to develop a profile of the effective clinical instructor of nursing. A qualitative descriptive study was undertaken. Data collection methods consisted of semi-structured interviews and completion of questionnaires. Seventy characteristics of effective clinical instructors were identified in three major categories: person role, teacher role, and nurse role. To develop a profile of the effective clinical instructor, the investigator analyzed the 70 characteristics identified by the associate degree nursing students and eliminated those items that were duplicative, i.e. mentioned in more than one role. This resulted in 51 characteristics of effective clinical instructors. The major themes that emerged in this study were categorized as interpersonal relationships, professional and technical competence, communications, and personal attributes. Additionally, the respondents clearly identified their clinical instructor as their primary nurse role model.