Unfolding of a New Beginning: The Meaningful Journey of Doctorally Prepared Nurse Educators
The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of graduates (nurses) of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nursing education. It also described participants’ recommendations for supportive practices in pursuit of PhD. A descriptive phenomenological research design was used in the study. Data were gathered from 12 participants who graduated from universities offering the program. It was collected through individual, semi-structured interview with the main question “Tell me your experiences in pursuing PhD in nursing education?” It utilized phenomenological analysis method of Van Kaam (1966). Results revealed major themes which included: (1) Career jumpstart: unplanned opportunities; (2) Sharpening the Saw: Tales of the Learners; and, (3) Behind the Curtain: The unfolding of a new beginning, and minor themes of the 2nd, specifically: (a) Forming and Molding: The Learning cycle; (b) Role juggling: Harmonizing responsibilities; and, (c) The Silver Lining: Visible and ulterior push factors.