Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Setter Kline

Second Advisor

Linda Bond

Third Advisor

Theresa Bacon-Baguley


Caring is recognized as an essential element in the definition of nursing. The purpose of this research study was to identify and compare the perceptions of caring behaviors held by patients in the emergency department with Registered Nurses who practiced in the same department.; Two questionnaires were used to obtain data. The first was an instrument listing 30 caring behaviors. The responses were listed by mean for the patient group and the nurse group. The Mann-Whitney U test was used to test the magnitude of the difference between the two groups. The second was a demographic questionnaire describing characteristics of each group.; The findings did not support the hypothesis that there would be a difference between the two groups. However, there were seven statements with a statistically significant difference in response.


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