Assisting the transition: establishment of a first year experience coordinator role for nursing students

Birks, Melanie and Chapman, Ysanne and Ralph, Nicholas (2015) Assisting the transition: establishment of a first year experience coordinator role for nursing students. In: New developments in nursing education research. Nursing - Issues, Problems and Challenges. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, NY. United States, pp. 77-89. ISBN 978-1-63463-114-3


This paper discusses issues around the transition of beginning nursing students into higher education. The authors report on a project conducted at a multi-campus university within a School of Nursing and Midwifery dispersed across four diverse sites. First-year students encounter specific issues of adjustment in this environment, particularly when studying by distance mode. To provide the support necessary in the transition to tertiary study, First Year Experience Coordinator (Nursing) (FYEC) positions were established on each of the four campuses. This role was intended to offer personal, educational and professional support to beginning nursing students; establish a specific educational program for diploma qualified nurses to transit to the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program; reduce the attrition rate from the BN program across all campuses; develop expertise in student engagement and support roles among staff; and establish a research agenda in respect of the first-year experience of nursing students.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Nova Science Publishers. Permanent restricted access to Accepted version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 05:07
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 05:28
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
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 > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment

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