ERIC Number: ED238462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the Nursing Program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute--Summer, 1983.
Pipes, V. David
In summer 1983, an evaluation of the nursing program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute was conducted to determine whether program objectives were being met, to measure program success, and to identify areas needing improvement. Surveys were sent to 19 early (pre-1978) and 47 recent Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) graduates; 17 early and 68 recent Registered Nurse (RN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates; 27 students who left the program before graduation; 12 advisory committee members; 39 employers; and 6 nursing instructors and the program chair. Based on responses from 28% of the early and 35% of the recent LPN graduates, 23% of the early and 52% of the recent RN/ADN graduates; 26% of the early leavers; 50% of the advisory committee members; and 54% of the employers, the study revealed: (1) recent graduates tended to rate instructional quality higher than early graduates; (2) compared to early graduates, recent RN/ADN graduates more often indicated that they would have preferred entering a bachelor's program; (3) both LPN and RN/ADN graduates passed state nursing examinations at high rates, and had a high rate of employment; and (4) employers rated 58% of the LPN and 65% of the RN/ADN graduates as "some" or "much" better than graduates of other schools. The surveys identified program needs in the areas of instruction and skill training, student support services and the library, and continuing education. Survey instruments and response data are appended. (Author/LAL)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Graduates, Community Colleges, Educational Trends, Employer Attitudes, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Nurses, Nursing Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Caldwell Community Coll. and Technical Inst., Hudson, NC.