- The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
- January 2012 - Volume 43 · Issue 1: 29-36
This study discusses factors that influence newly graduated accelerated second-degree nursing students to remain at the bedside. It also identifies areas for improvement within the program curriculum to better prepare these unique nursing graduates for the transition into nursing practice. Twenty-nine graduate second-degree nursing students were surveyed 3 months after graduation from an accelerated second-degree nursing program. Key findings indicated that preceptorship within nursing courses and orientation programs was the most significant factor in preparing the graduates for the transition from student nurse to registered nurse. Also important to the successful transition into practice was the acceptance and support of the nursing staff on the clinical unit. The participants overwhelmingly cited preceptorships, at both the student nurse and recent graduate levels, as critical to preparing them for the transition from student nurse to registered nurse.
Dr. Penprase is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.
The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Barbara Penprase, RN, PhD, MSN, CNOR, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Oakland University, 408 O’Dowd Hall, Rochester, MI 48309-4401. E-mail: email@example.com