Entry requirements in nursing: results from a national survey of nurse academics on entry requirements in Australian bachelor of nursing programs

Ralph, Nicholas and Graham, Coralie and Beccaria, Lisa and Rogers, Cath (2018) Entry requirements in nursing: results from a national survey of nurse academics on entry requirements in Australian bachelor of nursing programs. Collegian. ISSN 1322-7696


Background - Entrance requirements for undergraduate nursing programs have been under government scrutiny in recent times. To date, no Australia studies have reported nurse academics’ perspectives of entry requirements for Bachelor of Nursing programs.

Study aim - The aim of this study is to examine nursing academics’ perceptions of entry requirements for Australian Bachelor of Nursing Programs.

Methods - A total of 223 nurse academics responded to questions in an online national survey on pre-requisite subject areas, minimum tertiary entrance scores, English proficiency, and inherent requirements for clinical practice.

Findings - English, Maths and Science were seen as important pre-requisite subject areas for students commencing a Bachelor of Nursing Program. Nurse academics believed that increasing the tertiary entrance score and English proficiency, was necessary to increase entrance standards and that a minimum score be consistently applied across universities. There were mixed views as to the disclosure of inherent requirements by students.

Conclusion - Nationally, dialogue needs to occur about how universities can apply a consistent approach to ensure that the necessary foundation skills, knowledge and abilities are in place prior to admission into programs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: First online 18 June 2018. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 02:42
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 00:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: undergraduate nursing program; enrolment; nursing education; professional standards; admission; tertiary standards; educational preparedness; entry requirements
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.06.005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34334

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