ERIC Number: ED243373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
RN Baccalaureate Education: A Process-Product Evaluation, 1979-1983. Final Report.
Jacobsen, Marilyn-Lu W.; Sabritt, David
Processes and outcomes associated with baccalaureate education for registered nurses were studied longitudinally as part of the Sleuthing Nursing Pathways Project. Participants included about 500 registered nurses who entered the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Northern Kentucky University, and the University of Cincinnati between 1979 and 1982. Evidence was found that registered nurses' completion of a baccalaureate program was associated with changes in work-related value systems described as a transition from technical to professional outlooks on nursing. Factor analysis revealed four dimensions: identification with nursing as an organized profession; belief in the use of expanded forms and sources of knowledge; acceptance of holistic approaches to nursing; and belief in the capacity of nurses to act autonomously and make independent decisions. The performance and role structure of registered nurse-BSN graduates were compared with those of generic BSN, associate degree, and nursing diploma graduates working in similar settings. Appendices include: an entry questionnaire, an opinion survey questionnaire, cognitive task analysis questionnaires and supervisor assessment questionnaires for nurses in clinical and administrative roles, and a withdrawal survey questionnaire. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHHS/PHS), Hyattsville, MD. Div. of Nursing.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Coll. of Nursing.
Identifiers: Sleuthing Nursing Pathways Project
Note: Appended questionnaires are marginally legible.