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Kailey AnichiniFollow

Major

Nursing

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

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Open Access

Abstract

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2019), one in four students, ages, six to nineteen, is living with a chronic disease in America. Therefore, the purpose of the project is to describe the meaning of the lived experience of college students with a chronic illness This study utilized a cross sectional, qualitative design using in-depth interviews through a semi-structured question guide. After data collection, three major themes were revealed: stressors, self-advocacy, and support. Analysis of themes revealed that campus universities could benefit from workshops involving dignity, respect, and diversity inclusion with chronic illness. This qualitative study contributes to the understanding about accommodations necessary to achieve academic, social, and emotional success and satisfaction for college students living with a chronic illness.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Jorgia Connor, Associate Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

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Exploring the Lived Experience of Full-Time College Students Recently Diagnosed with Chronic Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2019), one in four students, ages, six to nineteen, is living with a chronic disease in America. Therefore, the purpose of the project is to describe the meaning of the lived experience of college students with a chronic illness This study utilized a cross sectional, qualitative design using in-depth interviews through a semi-structured question guide. After data collection, three major themes were revealed: stressors, self-advocacy, and support. Analysis of themes revealed that campus universities could benefit from workshops involving dignity, respect, and diversity inclusion with chronic illness. This qualitative study contributes to the understanding about accommodations necessary to achieve academic, social, and emotional success and satisfaction for college students living with a chronic illness.