Title: Exploring Gen Z Nursing Students’ Experience and Emotional Processing in Simulation: A Grounded Theory Study (IRB: 1749692-3)
Investigator: Wendy Matthew, RN, MSN, CHSE
Goal: The purpose of this study is to explore how Gen Z nursing students experience and process emotions in simulation.
- Participants must be an undergraduate pre-licensure student in the baccalaureate nursing program at UNLV, be Gen Z (born between 1997-2003), and have participated in at least one simulation.
- Volunteers will complete the following: 1) an online questionnaire, 2) a 1-hour interview via Zoom, and 3) a 30-minute follow up interview via Zoom.
- In the interview, you will be asked about your experiences in simulation, specifically with emotions and how you managed your emotions during the learning event.
- You will receive a monetary compensation token of appreciation for participating in the study.
Additional Details from the Investigator: If you are interested in taking part of this study, we will first ask you for your email address and the purpose of asking for your email address is for correspondence purposes only (i.e., sending you online forms via email and scheduling your interviews via email). Prior to participation, you will be given information about the study; then, an informed consent to participate in the study will be obtained. You will complete the informed consent online through a link that we will provide to you via email. You will also complete an online questionnaire followed by an online interview with me. The online questionnaire will consist of a brief demographic survey and a post-simulation reflection questionnaire (i.e., six questions asking you to reflect on your simulation experience). You will complete the online questionnaires after you attended any simulation activity in your school this semester. We will also provide you the link to complete these online questionnaires via email. The interview, which will be scheduled after you complete the online questionnaire, will last about 1 hour. In the interview, you will be asked questions about your experience with emotions in simulation and how you have managed those emotions. Following completion of all interviews, you will be invited to take part in a follow-up interview to discuss the findings of the data analysis and to verify if the findings are consistent with your experience. This follow-up interview may last for 30 minutes. The interview will take place online through Zoom. With your permission, the interview will be audio-visually recorded so that I may be able to pay careful attention to what you are saying.
During the interview, it is possible that you may experience psychological discomfort and may not want to continue our interview. To the best of our knowledge, there is minimal risk associated with participating in this study. If you should require supplementary emotional support after the interview, I can provide you a list of counseling and other support services both offered by the university and other community agencies. On the other hand, having a chance to talk about important experiences may be helpful for you and it is possible that by talking about your experiences, you will begin to understand them in new or different ways. Most likely, the issues we will talk about are ones you have thought about before, but may not have had an opportunity to talk about with others.
Participation in this study is voluntary. You are free to stop the interview at any time, and for any reason. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer. If you change your mind and decide that you do not want to take part in this research, you may do this at any time. Your participation or non-participation will have no academic consequence on any of your course or your program. Anything you tell me will be strictly confidential and no real names will be used in reports of the study. All information that you provide about yourself will be kept in a password protected computer. After the transcription of the data is complete, all identifying information will be removed. You will also be given a choice of a pseudonym you would like to have. A summary of what we have learned from this research will be given to you when the study is over. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Andrew Reyes my research supervisor, or me. We can be reached at either of the addresses/phone numbers listed.
For questions regarding the rights of research subjects, any complaints or comments regarding the manner in which the study is being conducted, contact the UNLV Office of Research Integrity, Human Subjects at 702-895-2794, toll free at 888-581-2794 or via email at IRB@unlv.edu.
- Wendy Matthew, RN, MSN, CHSE, PhD Student
- Andrew Thomas Reyes, PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor