Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Morton Wagenfeld

Second Advisor

Dr. Judy Stewart

Third Advisor

Dr. Herbert Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study examined aspects of the professional socialization of student nurses into the role of the professional nurse. Comparisons were made between senior and freshmen nursing students, between those 25 years of age and over with those under 25, between those who had two or more years of college with those who had less than two, and between those who were nursing externs with those who were not.

The results of the data analysis offered mixed support for the hypotheses proposed. Senior nursing students exhibited higher levels of professionalism in two aspects, while the older students, those with more college, and those who were nursing externs did not. While recognizing that the results of this study are not conclusive, it is recommended that nurse educators give more attention to ways of building professional socialization measures into the curriculum.

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