Undergraduate nursing studies: the first-year experience

Birks, Melanie and Chapman, Ysanne and Ralph, Nicholas and McPherson, Carol and Eliot, Matt and Coyle, Meaghan (2013) Undergraduate nursing studies: the first-year experience. Journal of Institutional Research, 18 (1). pp. 26-35.

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Abstract

The transfer of nursing education into the tertiary section in Australia aimed to address a number of issues for nursing, the most significant of which was to enhance the status of the profession. A side effect of the establishment of university-based nursing programs is the increased flexibility that makes studies in nursing an option for students who may otherwise not have had this opportunity. Such accessibility is not without problems as many students enter tertiary nursing programs after a prolonged period of absence from a scholarly environment. Those who do enrol directly from other forms of study are often overwhelmed by the specific requirements of nursing programs. In order to promote student succession and reduce attrition, universities have established a number of mechanisms to support students as they transition to the tertiary environment. This article reports on a survey of 112 nursing students enrolled in their first year of study at a regional university in Australia.
Findings are presented under the major areas of questions, these being, issues faced in adapting to the role of a university student in the first year of study, services or support mechanisms accessed to assist in transition to the role of university student, and services lacking that would have assisted in the transition to the role of university student. These findings are then discussed in the context of existing knowledge of the first-year experience of university students.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Australasian Association for Institutional Research Inc. 2013. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 05:14
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Baccalaureate nursing programs; first-year student experience; pre-service nursing education; undergraduate nursing education
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930503 Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25763

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