Master of Science in Nursing Theses

Date Degree Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)



Committee Chair

Jan Conway, Ph.D., RN

Second Committee Member

Rachel Parrill, Ph.D., RN


Service-learning, social justice, leadership, BSN, nursing eduation, Patricia Benner


Service-learning (SL) is proposed as a pedagogical method by the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2008) for achieving the essential of professionalism and professional values (Essential VIII), which includes the concept of social justice. Along with the concept of social justice being discussed in Essential VIII, the concept of leadership is discussed throughout the AACN Essentials. SL has been implemented in many educational settings across the United States, including nursing. There continues to be a lack of quantitative research on service-learning to qualify it as an evidenced-based teaching strategy. The purpose of this study was to assess if there were changes in perspectives of social justice and leadership for students enrolled in a senior level Care of Populations’ course at Cedarville University after completing a service-learning experience. Fifty subjects completed the Service-Learning Self-Evaluation Tool (SLSET) before and after the learning experience. The findings are of use in nursing education by helping to provide supportive evidence for the continued use of service-learning as a pedagogical method.



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