A Phenomenological Exploration of the Lived Experience of Concurrent ADN-BSN Program Graduates in the Southwestern U.S.


Introduction: In 2010, the Institute of Medicine released a brief advocating for increased opportunities for nurses to obtain higher levels of education to meet increasingly complex patient care demands. The National Education Progression in Nursing Collaborative continued this effort with their 2018 goal that one million incumbent nurses and 90% of new associate degree nurses (ADN) achieve a baccalaureate degree (BSN) or higher by 2025. Nursing programs responded by increasing options for ADN graduates to obtain baccalaureate degrees, including offering concurrent (dual) enrollment ADN-BSN programs. The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experience of recent graduates of such programs to identify rewards, complexities, barriers, and challenges.

Subject Population: Study participants will be graduates of concurrent enrollment ADN-BSN programs in the southwestern U.S.

Research Design/Instrument: The study is a phenomenological qualitative design, using semi-structured interviews.

Procedure: Zoom interviews will be completed and then transcribed for analysis.