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Developing a Sense of Community Among Nursing Students

Foli, Karen J. PhD, RN; Karagory, Pamela M. MSN, MSB, MBA, RN, CNE; Gibson, Gregory PhD; Kirkpatrick, Jane M. PhD, RNC-OB, ANEF

doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000435267.61236.fb
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For beginning students, becoming a member of the nursing profession starts with experiences in nursing school. Better understanding of the experiences that contribute to sense of community for students can guide faculty efforts and curricular decisions. Using the sense of community model as a framework, the authors assessed the influence of a freshman-level class and other leadership and student organization experiences on the students’ perceptions of the school of nursing as community. The authors discuss the study and its outcomes.

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Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Foli), Clinical Assistant Professor (Ms Karagory), Associate Professor and Head (Dr Kirkpatrick), School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; Assistant Professor, Director of Survey Research Lab (Dr Gibson), Department of Sociology, Kent State University, Ohio.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Foli, School of Nursing, Purdue University, Johnson Hall of Nursing, 502 N University St, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (

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