Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing


The purpose of this descriptive study was to identify which characteristics of clinical teachers were considered most important by associate degree nursing (ADN) students and Acuity, and to investigate whether the perception of effective clinical teacher characteristics (ECTC) change as the student advances toward graduation. Imogene King’s conceptual framework for nursing served as the framework for this study. Faculty and students were surveyed using the Clinical Teacher Characteristic Instrument (CTCl). The collected data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. A Mann-Whitney U test was used to investigate if there were significant differences in perceptions between faculty and students. A Kruskal-Wallis test was completed to test for differences among first year ADN students, second year ADN students, and faculty.

The study indicated that ADN Acuity and ADN students hold similar perceptions of ECTC, but perceive the ordered rank of importance differently. No significant differences were noted between first year students, second year students, and Acuity. Both Acuity and students rated characteristics from the category of professional competence as most important.


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