The purpose of this study was to find out of graduates from a specific Associate in Arts degree program functioned as effectively in beginning positions in nursing in the first five months following graduation as graduates from a specific three-year diploma program.
The descriptive survey method of research was used to collect data on fourteen of the twenty-one 1959 graduates from an Associate in Arts degrees program and fifteen of the eighteen graduates from the three-year diploma program for the same year.
The pre-entrance test scores were used to find to find out if the two groups were comparable and there was no significant difference in the t-value at 90 percent level.
The fourteen graduates from School A scored consistently higher in the National League for Nursing Achievement test and the State Board Examination.
Each graduate was interviewed once. They were observed in nursing performance by head nurses and given three conference over a five-month period.
Reports by the Head Nurses. The graduates from School A performed nursing care effectively, with no ineffective performance in the following areas (1) selecting nursing care appropriate for the patient, (2) teaching the patient, (3) communicating with the patient, (4) communicating with the patient's visitors, and (5) directing functions of the nursing team.
Areas in which this group excelled even though ineffective performance were reported were: (1) carrying out treatments and medications, and (2) cooperating with personnel.
Weak areas reported for this group were: (1) taking initiative and responsibility, and (2) observing the patient.
According to the incident reported by the head nurses for graduates from School B, this group performed nursing care effectively with no ineffective performance in observing the patients and communicating with the patient.
Areas in which this group excelled, even though ineffective performance were reported, were selecting nursing care appropriate for the patient and communicating with the patient's visitors.
Weak areas reported for this group were: (1) teaching the patient, (2) carrying out treatments and medications, (3) taking initiative and responsibility, (4) directing functions of the nursing team, and (5) cooperating with personnel.
Reports of the Graduates. According to the incidents obtained from the fourteen graduates from School A during the interview, they reported effective performance in teaching the patient, taking initiative and responsibility, directing functions of the nursing team, and cooperating with personnel.
Graduates from School B listed effective performance in all areas.
According to the incidents reported by the head nurses, the fourteen graduates from School A performed more effectively as bedside nurses than the fifteen graduates from School B.
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Burke, Glennis E., "A Comparison of Graduates From Two Types of Nursing Programs" (1961). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1283.
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