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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to compare the characteristics of effective clinical and theory instructors as perceived by LPN to RN students and generic students in an associate degree nursing program. Data were collected from 508 students during the 1996-7 academic year from three NLN accredited associate degree nursing programs. The researcher developed instrument was administered to LPN to RN students in their first semester and to generic students in the third semester of an associate degree nursing program. Although there were no significant differences found between the LPN to RN students and generic students on their perceptions of either effective theory or effective clinical instructor characteristics, there were significant differences between groups on several of the individual items. There was also a significant main effect of ethnicity on several of the individual items.

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