ERIC Number: ED328301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-15
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1988 Nursing Graduates. Volume XVIII, No. 8.
Dincher, J.; Meltesen, Cal
In 1989, a follow-up study of nursing program graduates was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to examine their employment patterns, further education plans, and evaluate particular aspects of their WRHC experience. Questionnaires were mailed to 105 nursing students who graduated in 1988. Results were compared with previous surveys of 1984 and 1986 nursing program graduates. Study findings, based on a 73% response rate, included the following: (1) 46% of the respondents were employed full time and 39% were employed part time; (2) as in previous surveys, the nursing graduates felt they were well prepared in technical job skills and job knowledge, but did not feel well prepared with respect to job search skills and managerial skills; (3) the mean salary was just over $24,500, up from the $21,000 figure reported by 1986 graduates; (4) among those employed in nursing-related fields, 19% were working in medicine, 17% in surgery, 15% in pediatrics, 9% in obstetrics, and 8% in psychiatric care; (5) 75% were working in a hospital, while 16% were employed in an extended care facility or a doctor's office; (6) the median length of time in their present jobs was 7 months; (7) 3 out of every 4 respondents indicated that they were working the hours of their choice, with 36% working day shifts, 28% nights, 27% evenings, and 9% working a rotating shift; and (8) 5% were enrolled in college at the time of the survey, and 55% planned to return to college at some time. Detailed data tables are included. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Nurses, Nursing Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Salaries, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.
Identifiers: William Rainey Harper College IL
Note: For the follow-up of 1986 nursing graduates, see ED 295 723.