ERIC Number: ED112969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Nursing Education Follow-Up Study--1974 R.Ns. a Year After Graduation.
Scott, David C.
A group of 41 registered nursing graduates of the 1974 class at Bakersfield College was surveyed in the summer of 1974 as part of a nursing education follow-up study. In the summer of 1975, the same group was surveyed again in order to compare the perceptions and aspirations reported by the graduates one year after graduation with those reported immediately after graduation. The 1974 survey had a 73.9 percent response rate, while the 1975 follow-up had a 60 percent response rate. The graduates had encountered no difficulty in finding employment. All but one were working in Kern County, and most of them expected to remain in Kern County. Acute hospital nursing was the present and anticipated future type of employment. All had encountered on-the-job orientation in their hospital jobs, and most felt it to be effective. The enthusiasm that the graduates exhibited toward the nursing program in 1974 had not diminished a year later. However, 57.1 percent did rate their total nursing program only adequate as it pertained to the real world. Most desired continuing education courses, particularly in coronary care. Most nurses were enthusiastic about their jobs. In view of the nursing shortage, an expansion of the nursing program is recommended. A sample of the questionnaire and cover letter is appended. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bakersfield Coll., CA.