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ERIC Number: ED066159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 18
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Follow-Up Studies in Nursing: A Case for Determining Whether Program Objectives Are Achieved.
LaBelle, Beverly M.; Egan, Ellen C.
A follow-up study of graduates from St. Mary's Junior College (Minnesota) associate degree nursing program is used to demonstrate a multi-trait, multi-method basis for arriving at faculty judgments about the outcomes of a program. The follow-up study attempted to determine: (1) graduates' and employing agencies' perceptions of competencies four months following graduation; (2) characteristics of the graduates' nursing careers and employment patterns; and (3) the manner in which graduates were utilized in nursing practice. The findings used evaluation matrices and statistical techniques to compare graduate self-evaluation and employer evaluation, college grade point averages, State Board composite and test scores, nursing grade point averages, and practices and types of employment. Faculty then reviewed the non-congruent areas which were revealed by the evaluation. The data obtained indicated (1) congruence between the intents or objectives of the program and evaluative judgments by nursing service personnel; (2) college GPA, nursing GPA, and State Board scores did not predict the employers' ratings of the graduates; and (3) a tendency for graduates with higher GPAs and higher State Board scores to be rated higher by the employer. (RN)
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