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Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Virgil Parsons

Second Advisor

Phyllis M. Connolly


This descriptive study explored students' perceptions of caring at the end of their first nursing courses by identifying the caring behaviors they agreed were most important. The 35 item Care Dimensions Inventory (CDI-35) developed by Watson, Deary, and Hoogbruin (2001) was used to explore perceptions of caring of a convenience sample of 71 students enrolled in their first nursing courses in a baccalaureate program. The inventory asked participants to agree or disagree using a Likert scale whether the nursing actions were considered as caring. Most of the nursing actions considered important by the students were in the supporting/intimacy aspects of nursing practice, closely followed by the technical aspects. The least importance was given to inappropriate and unnecessary nursing behaviors.

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