Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Advisor

Pierre Ming-Tsan Lu

Second Advisor

Zhidong Zhang

Third Advisor

Seokmin Kang


The demographics of nursing students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program are diverse, hence the need for nurse educators to prepare and handle the challenges faculty face in the ADN program. Although many pieces of literature have addressed different modalities of instructional delivery and teaching methods in nursing education, transition experience of nurse educators, and teaching preparation and readiness, these are not evident in the ADN programs in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). The teaching preparation of nurse educators and their utilization of instructional methods in the ADN program in the RGV is limited in the literature. This study used a quantitative methodology approach that used a survey with criterion samples of nurse educators to examine the transition experience of educators from clinical settings to the teaching environment, the teaching preparation and readiness to teach, and instructional delivery methods used by nurse educators in the ADN program in the RGV. The study attempted to address the challenges faced by nurse educators in delivering content to nursing students in the prelicensure nursing program and provided recommendations that would assist both novice and veteran nurse educators in providing instructions that meet the learning needs of diverse nursing students in the ADN program.


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