International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Research (ISSN: 2688-9501)

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Teaching Our Future Nurses: Professors Sharing Personal Stories

Judy A. Fredette*

Department of Nursing, Mount Wachusett Community College, Massachusetts, USA

*Corresponding author: Judy A. Fredette, Department of Nursing, Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green Street, Gardner, Massachusetts 01440, USA. Tel: +1-9786309328; Email:

Received Date: 02 April, 2019; Accepted Date: 08 May, 2019; Published Date: 14 May, 2019


The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of professors’ sharing personal experiences of living with and surviving chronic illness. This personal Breast Cancer survival story was shared with the author’s nursing students during their grief and spirituality lecture in their Fundamentals of Nursing course. Students who had heard this lecture over a span of eight years were invited via Facebook to participate by completing an anonymous Survey Monkey questionnaire. The questionnaire consisted of nine questions, which included demographics and open-ended questions aimed to ascertain whether or not this lecture contributed to their nursing knowledge and practice and if so in what way. These study findings provide a better understanding of the student’s experience of learning from their professor sharing her Breast Cancer experience. Findings suggest that appropriate sharing of personal health stories with direct correlation to the subject content can significantly enhance understanding in nursing education.

Keywords: Breast cancer; Nursing students; Teaching