Relationships Among DNP and PhD Students After Implementing a Doctoral Student Organization

Jasmine L. Travers, Marjorie Weis, Jacqueline A. Merrill

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BACKGROUND Early career contact, between clinically focused DNP and research-focused PhD nursing students, may encourage desirable intradisciplinary synergies. AIMThe aim of the study was to assess relationships among DNP and PhD nursing students after initiating a doctoral student organization. METHOD An online survey assessed student interaction pre- and post-doctoral student organization implementation. Analysis consisted of paired t-test, social network analysis, and content analysis methods. RESULTS Response rates were 72 percent (n = 86) and 60 percent (n = 72) before and after implementation. Network density and centralization increased by 17 percent and 3 percent, respectively; intradisciplinary ties increased by 39 percent. The average student had approximately two new relationships; clique membership increased by 60 percent. Narrative responses corroborated network measurements. CONCLUSION We documented additional integration and organized communication among students after this strategy to increase collaboration. Educators preparing nurses to work across research and practice may consider network analysis methods to evaluate their efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-279
Number of pages9
JournalNursing education perspectives
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Collaboration
  • Graduate Nursing Education
  • Intradisciplinary
  • Social Network Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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