ERIC Number: ED222215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Nursing Education Follow-Up Study--1982 R.N.'s.
Scott, David C.
In 1982, a follow-up study of nursing graduates of the Bakersfield College Registered Nursing (RN) program was conducted to obtain information that would lead to improvement in program quality and to a better match between supply and demand in the local nursing labor market. In addition, the study compared results with similar studies conducted between 1974 and 1978. A 40-item questionnaire was sent to 76 graduates, 52 from regular associate degree nursing programs and 25 from a special Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program. Study findings, based on responses from 33 graduates, revealed that: (1) graduates had little difficulty in finding jobs, and most were employed full-time in hospitals in Kern County; (2) 78.8% of the respondents had health career experience prior to entering the RN program; (3) reactions to the program were positive, with 93.8% of the respondents indicating they would recommend the program to a friend; (4) the main strengths of the first-year curriculum were seen as clinical experience and rotation, and work in maternity, obstetrics, and pediatrics; while the main weaknesses were seen as the disorganization of instructors and material; (5) the second-year curriculum was also considered strong by the respondents, with the main weakness seen as the allocation of time between subjects; and (6) CETA respondents felt that the nursing staff had trouble meeting their particular needs. The survey instrument is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bakersfield Coll., CA.