Civic Engagement Experiences of Students Preparing for Roles as Clinical Nurse Specialists

Jennifer L. Embree, Yvonne Lu

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AIM: Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) students at an urban Midwestern university participated in a study to describe their satisfaction with civic engagement (CE) learning activities. METHODS: A descriptive and cross-sectional study design housed a faculty-developed CE learning module with four learning activities: (a) gaining interprofessional collaborative practice leadership experience in a mock incident command experience; (b) identifying, researching, and writing a legislative letter about an area of public and/or health policy concern; and (c) developing a professional online network LinkedIn account with experienced CNSs; (d) identifying potential mechanisms for achieving board membership on a civic or professional nursing organization. Faculty developed an online survey to determine student satisfaction through quantitative and qualitative data. Participants completed the survey at the end of the course. RESULTS: Satisfaction with CE learning activities ranged from a mean of 6.07 to 6.75 on a 7-point Likert scale, with higher scores indicating more satisfaction. The overall mean score for CE activities was 6.27 (SD = 0.61) and mean score for course objectives' satisfaction was 6.55 (SE = 0.70). Students reported high satisfaction with their learning as a result of the CE activities. CONCLUSIONS: CNS students perceived high satisfaction with learning from the CE activities in this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNursing Forum
StateAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Civic engagement
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Graduate nursing education
  • Learning activities
  • Service learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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