ERIC Number: ED348126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Follow-Up Study of 1990 Nursing Graduates. Volume XX, No. 10.
Lucas, J.; Meltesen, C.
In 1990, a follow-up study of nursing program graduates was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to examine their employment patterns, further education plans, and evaluate particular aspects of their WRHC experience. All 98 nursing students who earned 48 credit hours in 1990 were mailed questionnaires 1 year later. Study findings, based on a 98% response rate, included the following: (1) approximately 70% of the 96 respondents were employed full-time, and all of those working part-time were doing so by choice; (2) over half of the nursing alumni planned to return to school; (3) less than 6% of the respondents were not happy with their jobs; (4) the average salary of those working full-time was $28,675, which is higher than the average salary of $24,516 reported by 1988 graduates; (5) like previous nursing graduates, respondents 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; (6) three-quarters of graduates were working in hospitals; (7) among those employed in nursing-related fields, 24% were working in surgery, 16% in pediatrics, 16% in obstetrics, 15% in medicine, and 11% in cardiac; (8) the median length of time in their present jobs was 1 year, as compared to only 19% of the 1988 graduates who had worked for 1 year or more; (9) nearly 90% of the respondents reported that they were working the shift of their choice; and (10) nearly 20% of graduates were planning to pursue a degree in another field. Detailed data tables and the survey instrument are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Nurses, Nursing Education, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Salaries, Student Educational Objectives, 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.