Nursing Student Dissertation

The College of Nursing Dissertations and Theses Series is comprised of dissertations theses authored by Marquette University's College of Nursing doctoral and master's students.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Mediating Effects of Positive Thinking and Social Support on Suicide Resilience Among Undergraduate Students, Denise Marie Matel-Anderson

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The Development and Psychometric Analysis of the MU- Fertility Knowledge Assessment Scale, Qiyan Mu

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Pediatric Oncology Nurses' Experiences with Prognosis-Related Communication, Amy Rose Newman

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Relationship of Exposure to Heart Failure Discharge Teaching to Readmission Within 30 Days, Becky Ann Pogacar

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Effect of Sequence of Simulated and Clinical Practicum Learning Experiences on Clinical Competency, Jamie Hansen

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Experiences of Registered Nurses Who Were Not Initially Successful on the NCLEX-RN, Then Subsequently Passed, Tammy L. Kasprovich

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Racially and Ethnically Underrepresented Students’ Completion of RN BSN Program: Factors Affecting Success, Patricia Ann Varga

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Role of Shared Care in the Relationship between Depressive Symptoms and Self-Care in Patients with Heart Failure, Susan Cole

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Diffusion of Inclusion: Measuring Willingness, Janet A. Levey

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Effects of Spiritual Care Education on Pediatric Nurses' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Competence, Cheryl Lynn Petersen

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Relationships among Uncertainty, Coping, and Psychological Distress in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment, Jennifer Sjostedt Avery

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Spirituality And Religiosity In Adolescents With Sickle Cell Disease: A Descriptive Qualitative Study, Dora L. Clayton-Jones

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A Feminist Perspective On Listening To Women: Birth Stories Of Vaginal Birth Following Previous Cesarean Delivery, Elizabeth Hill-Karbowski

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The Influence Of Patient Activation And Social Facilitation On Engagement In Postpartum Weight Self-Management Behaviors, Jennifer Marie Ohlendorf

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Hispanic Mothers' Normative Beliefs and Intentions about the Discussion of Sex-Related Topics with Their Adolescent Daughters, Dana M. Rodriguez

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Antecedents of Regular Exercise among Women Who Do and Do Not Acheive Weight Loss Over Six Months, Heather Vartanian

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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The Relationships Between Nurse Attributes, Site Characteristics, And Labor Support Attitudes And Behaviors Among Intrapartum Nurses, Ann Prenger Aschenbrenner

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Patient Perceptions of Patient-Empowering Nurse Behaviors, Patient Activation, and Functional Health Status After Surgery, Teresa Arline Jerofke

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Self-Care Behaviors of African Americans with Heart Failure: A Photovoice Project, Aimee A. Woda

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Academic Success Factors Influencing Linguistically Diverse and Native English Speaking Associate Degree Nursing Students, Josie Lynn Veal

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Associate Degree Nursing Students' Thoughts, Feelings, and Experiences of Short Study Abroad in a Low-Income Country, Cynthia Foronda

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A Narrative Analysis of Perinatal Hospice Stories, Anthony Adams Lathrop

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The Transition from Hospital to Home in Parents of Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients, Stacee M. Lerret

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The Lived Experience of Hispanic new Graduate Nurses in the United States, Esther Morales

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Pushing Techniques Used by Midwives When Providing Second Stage Labor Care, Kathryn Osborne

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The Association of Spirituality, Religiosity, Depression, Anxiety, and Drug Use Among Persons Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Therapy, Linda B. Piacentine

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Parenting Behaviors and Their Relationship with a Child's Weight Status, Michele L. Polfuss

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African American Women's Infant Feeding Choices: Analyzing Self-Efficacy and Narratives from a Black Feminist Perspective, Karen Marie Robinson

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More than S.K.I.N. Deep: Decreasing Pressure Ulcer Development in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Christine A. Schindler

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Efficacy of a behavioral intervention to decrease medication transcription errors among professional nurses, Kathleen Ann Becker

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Quality of Life: the Human Becoming Perspective, a Descriptive Exploratory Study, Barbara J. Johnson Farmer

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Factors Associated with Nurses' Perceptions of Patient Safety Culture in One University Hospital in China, Xianqiong Feng

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The Meaning of Spirituality in Elders with Dementia, Lesley Boaz Gardiner

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Quality of life: The humanbecoming perspective. A descriptive exploratory study, Barbara J Johnson Farmer

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Understanding Relationships in Health Related Quality of Life for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Norah Louise Johnson

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Loneliness, self-esteem, cognition, physical functioning, and nursing home satisfaction as predictors of depression, Lynn Rose Maloney

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Investigating Relationships among Collaborative Behavior, RN Experience and Perceptions of Discharge Teaching Quality, Jane Morgan Nosbusch

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Is a School Based Educational Program Effective in Changing Knowledge Regarding the Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome?, Margaret Kay Stelzel

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Effects of beta blockade on physiologic regulation, depressive symptoms, and heart failure severity, Kimberly A Udlis

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Effects of Beta Blockade on Physiologic Regulation, Depressive Symptoms, and Heart Failure Severity, Kimberly A. Udlis

Submissions from 2008

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Self-efficacy, outcome expectation, self-care behavior and glycosylated hemoglobin level in persons with type 2 diabetes, Kathryn B Kott

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Oppression in 21st century nursing, Linda K Matheson

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Predictors of success and failure on the NCLEX-RN for Baccalaureate graduates, Christine L Vandenhouten

Submissions from 1999

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An organizational case study of shared leadership development in nursing, Vicki M George

Submissions from 1971

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NURSES' PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR HOSPITAL'S ORGANIZATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS, AUDREY MABEL STENVALL DE BLOCK

 

Each student must write a dissertation that presents the results of a research project carried out by the student.

An appropriate research project involves a substantive piece of original and independent research grounded in an appropriate body of literature. It is relevant to an identifiable field as it is currently practiced. It presents a hypothesis tested by data and analysis and provides a significant contribution or advancement in that field. It is the responsibility of the student's doctoral committee to evaluate the dissertation in these terms and to recommend the awarding of the doctoral degree only if the dissertation is judged to demonstrate these qualities.

Characteristics that a dissertation should demonstrate are: 

  • Establishment of an historical context for the presentation of an innovative and creative approach to the problem analysis and solution
  • Clear understanding of the problem area as revealed by analysis and synthesis of a broad literature base
  • Well-defined research design
  • Clarity in composition and careful documentation
  • Results of sufficient merit to be published in refereed journals or to form the basis of a book or monograph
  • Sufficient detail so that other scholars can build on it in subsequent work
  • Preparation of the author to assume a position within the academic nursing profession

The date and title of the defense must be submitted to the PhD Program Director one month prior to the final defense so that this event can be announced to the University community; see Policy 227 for more information.

Dissertation Committee

The student selects a qualified nursing faculty member with expertise in the area of research focus to guide the research and chair the dissertation committee.

In consultation with the committee chair, the student selects a minimum of three faculty members in addition to the committee chair to serve as dissertation committee members.

  • The majority of the committee, including the major advisor, must be full or adjunct members of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Three committee members, including the chair, must have a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.
  • One member must be from a school or department outside of the School of Nursing.

The dissertation committee must be approved by the PhD Program Director and the Dean

This dissertation committee has the responsibility to advise the student during the progress of the candidate's research and has the authority to require high-quality research and/or the rewriting of any portion or all of the dissertation. It conducts the final oral examination and determines whether the dissertation meets acceptable standards; see Policy 227 for more information.

Meetings of the doctoral candidate and his/her dissertation committee must occur at least annually from the time the student gains admission to doctoral candidacy. During these meetings, the committee should assess the student's progress toward the degree and discuss objectives for the following year and a timetable for completing degree requirements.

Membership of the doctoral committee may be changed whenever it is appropriate or necessary, subject to the approval of the PhD Program Director and the Dean.

Dissertation Topic Approval

The dissertation focus must be approved by the student's dissertation committee and reported to the PhD Council by the student's dissertation chair before the student can proceed with the selected research. This Dissertation Committee's approval will be based on the appropriateness of the abstract of the planned study to the science of nursing and the match between the School of Nursing faculty and the student's research topic. 

See Policy 234 for more information.

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