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On the fast track speeding nurses into the future: a two year bachelor of nursing for graduates of other disciplines

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posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by Maxine DukeMaxine Duke
It has been suggested in nursing literature that a bachelor's degree should be the pre-requisite to professional nursing education and registration. The perceived advantages of graduates entering the nursing profession led faculty in the School of Nursing La Trobe University to introduce in 1997 an innovative two-year Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program, believed to be the first in Australia, for graduates of other disciplines. A problem-based learning (PBL) approach was selected to facilitate the teaching learning process. Data to evaluate the progress of the accelerated students were collected by examining their previous degree background, conducting a focus group discussion mid year and comparing the students' academic results with those completing the traditional three-year course. Findings indicate that students in the accelerated course were highly motivated but experienced significant stress. In part the stress emanated from the need to identify their own learning needs. However, despite their concerns most accelerated students scored at least as well both clinically and academically as traditional students. Moreover, in six of the seven final year subjects each group studied the accelerated students performed better.

History

Journal

Collegian

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pagination

14 - 18

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

1322-7696

eISSN

1876-7575

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2001, Royal College of Nursing Australia