College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:26:54



Honors Course

NURS 450: 629

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


This research project’s purpose is to investigate student nurses’ comfort levels within the nursing program. The project focuses on how interactions with RNs impact comfort levels of nursing students. These interactions take place within the student nurses’ clinical experiences or their experiences at their healthcare jobs. The sample was sophomore, junior, and senior-level undergraduate BSN students at The University of Akron, which is about 434 students. The number of participants that completed the survey was 57 nursing students. The independent variables were student level in the BSN program and current employment status in a patient care role. The dependent variable was the students’ degree of comfort in their student nurse career. To measure these variables, Dr. Kathy Kolcaba’s “General Comfort Questionnaire” was used based on her Theory of Comfort. These students were asked to complete the modified survey, and the results were analyzed through a correlation coefficient based on the descriptive statistics received through the survey. The results showed that students who work in healthcare had a higher comfort level within the nursing field.

Research Sponsor

Lori Kidd

First Reader

Debra Horning

Second Reader

Carrie Wissmar

Honors Faculty Advisor

Lori Kidd

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