ERIC Number: ED295723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-2
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1986 Nursing Graduates. Volume XVI, No. 12.
Dincher, J.; Flaherty, A.
In spring 1987, a follow-up study of nursing program graduates was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to examine employment patterns, further education plans, and graduates' evaluation of particular aspects of their WRHC experience. Questionnaires were mailed to 112 nursing students who graduated with an associate degree in 1986. Study findings, based on a 67% response rate included the following: (1) of the 59% of the respondents employed full time and the 37% employed part time, only 6.7% were in employment situations not of their choosing; (2) the nursing graduates felt well prepared in technical job skills, job knowledge, and communication skills, but did not feel well prepared with respect to job search skills and managerial skills; (3) the mean salary was just over $21,000; (4) among those employed in nursing-related fields, 24% were working in surgery, 16% in geriatrics, 13% in medicine, 9% in pediatrics, and 9% in psychiatric care; (5) 72% worked in a hospital environment, while 15% were employed in an extended care facility; (6) the median length of time in their present jobs was 11 months; (7) 39% worked days, 28% evenings, 26% nights, and 7% on rotating shifts; (8) 6% were enrolled in college at the time of the survey, and 55% planned to return to college at some time; and (9) almost 90% of the graduates never used a computer while at WRHC. Detailed study findings and the survey instrument are appended. (EJV)
Descriptors: College Graduates, 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, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.