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Faculty Ability to Care and Caring Characteristics in School of Nursing Climate

A National Survey

Hayne, Arlene N.; Schlosser, Sharron P.; McDaniel, Gretchen S.

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000517

AIM This study surveyed faculty ability to care and perception of caring characteristics within school of nursing climate.

BACKGROUND Caring within schools of nursing is not well understood.

METHOD A stratified, random, multistage cluster national sample of 2,043 faculty were surveyed using the Caring Ability Inventory and the Caring Characteristics Within the School of Nursing Climate instruments.

RESULTS No significant differences on the Caring Ability Inventory were identified by school type. Significant differences were noted in faculty perceptions of a caring climate by school type. State universities and community colleges scored lower on the Trust/Teamwork, Support, and Respect subscales and total Caring Characteristics Within the School of Nursing Climate. Community college scores were lower than private, not-for-profit, and state university scores (p < .05) on the Valued subscale.

CONCLUSION Further research is needed to describe and evaluate the caring climate within schools of nursing and the effectiveness of specific strategies to facilitate caring in the school of nursing climate.

About the Authors Arlene N. Hayne, PhD, RN, COI, and Sharron P. Schlosser, PhD, RN, CNE, COI, ANEF, are professor emerita, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Gretchen S. McDaniel, PhD, RN, COI, is associate dean, Graduate Programs, and professor, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University. For more information, contact Dr. Hayne at

The authors have declared no conflict of interest.

© 2019 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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