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  1. Coyle-Rogers, Patricia PhD, MSN, RN,BC
  2. Cramer, Mary PhD, RN, CS


Using a phenomenologic approach, this study uncovered themes related to the perception of nurse educators' role in caring. The themes discovered were intuitive discovery, supportive guidance, respect, promoting independence, and shared success. Discussion of the themes indicated potential outcome divergence. Also noted were differences in what students/orientees and nurse educators believe to be caring behaviors related to independence and rescue strategies. Nursing educators, regardless of employment situation, are encouraged to use these findings to better understand their role perceptions by students and orientees.