Nichole Butler, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, APN

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University of Minnesota DNP

Nichole D. Butler is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing (ABSN) degree program of the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions at Gwynedd Mercy University. She obtained her BSN from Holy Family University in 1998 and an MSN from La Salle University in 2007. She is a PhD (candidate) in Widener University’s School of Nursing, where her research focuses on the socialization of nursing students into the nursing profession. As a board certified clinical nurse specialist, she has over 20 years of extensive nursing practice in the areas of critical care, cardiology, heart failure, simulation, staff development, and patient education. For 13 years, Ms. Butler has specifically focused on nursing education. She has worked in traditional, accelerated, and weekend nursing programs. She has taught at the undergraduate level in health assessment, medical-surgical, pharmacology, pathophysiology, patient education, leadership and management, and nursing professionalism. Further, she has developed multiple undergraduate courses, which include Medical-Surgical, Pharmacology, and Patient Education. Ms. Butler is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Environmental Health
Dissertation: Becoming a nurse is more than learning a set of skills and doing tasks. It involves an understanding of who nurses are, how they practice, and the why and what they do. This process involves the inclusion of one’s attitude, behavior, integrity, accountability, and ability to respectfully communicate with others. However, every individual nurse is different in their perception of what nursing ought to be, and how they respond to the nursing profession. Thus, throughout their nursing education, nursing students’ socialization into the profession may evolve. For my dissertation research, I will examine the Socialization of Nursing Students into the Nursing Profession. The aim of this research is to identify the socialization process of pre-licensure baccalaureate nursing students into the nursing profession. Notably, most of the nursing socialization research has been conducted with senior nursing students, new graduate nurses, as well as established nurses enrolled in masters and doctoral nursing programs. This study will explore nursing students’ socialization across the sophomore, junior, and senior academic levels.

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