Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Nursing (Graduate)

First Advisor

Louann B. Zinsmeister

Second Advisor

Anne B. Woods


The purpose of this project was to explore the lived experience of nurse educators’ use of the affective domain in clinical post-conference at the baccalaureate level. Five nursing faculty members who provide clinical instruction to undergraduate nursing students were interviewed to explore the experiences and challenges of teaching within the affective domain of learning. Data saturation was reached after transcription and analysis of five participant interviews. Elicited data were coded for identification of common themes with researcher triangulation of raw data themes. Four themes that immerged were lack of knowledge in the affective domain, use of open-ended questions to illicit affective responses, post-conference environments hindering use of the affective domain, and lack of evaluation in the domain. These themes will serve to provide insight to barriers and teaching methods within the affective domain in undergraduate clinical nursing education environments to increase information regarding nursing education focused on the affective domain of learning.


This is an evidence-based practice capstone project submitted to the faculty of the graduate program in nursing in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Master of Science in Nursing.