ERIC Number: ED318531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-5
Reference Count: 0
Comparison of Perceptions of "Preparedness" of John Abbott C.E.G.E.P. Nursing Graduates: Prior to Graduation and After.
Iton, Carmen; Sabiston, Judy
A study of John Abbott College's nursing graduates was conducted to determine how well prepared for their professional responsibilities the graduates saw themselves just prior to graduation and later after working in the nursing field. A sample of 98 nursing students who graduated between 1986 and 1988 was surveyed, with 93% responding to the pre-graduation survey and 68% responding after working in the field. The pre-graduation questionnaire asked students to assess how well the program achieved its stated goals and objectives for student preparation and to rate each semester of the program in terms of difficulty. Open-ended questions solicited opinions on the program's strengths and weaknesses. The post-graduation questionnaire consisted of questions on demographics; nursing goals; perceptions of preparation to work as a beginning practitioner in pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatry, medicine, and surgery; rating of tools, roles, and aspects of patient care management; and open-ended questions about program strengths and weaknesses. Questionnaire results identified only five areas for improvement: (1) fostering a desire to continue education in nursing throughout one's professional life; (2) fostering student-teacher collaboration in the learning process; (3) managing time effectively with regard to patient care; (4) meeting the demands of the average patient assignment; and (5) delegating tasks to auxiliary personnel. The main program strengths included nursing laboratory facilities and availability, professors' teaching skills, integration of classroom content and laboratory activities with clinical practice, and individual development. Overall, nursing graduates considered their preparation to be good to excellent in certain areas of the program, both before and after graduation. (WJT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Abbott Coll., Sainte Anne de Bellevue (Quebec).