Satisfaction of Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Students with a Web-Based Online Program

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/150740
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Presentation
Title:
Satisfaction of Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Students with a Web-Based Online Program
Abstract:
Satisfaction of Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Students with a Web-Based Online Program
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2002
Conference Date:July, 2002
Author:Hodges, Linda
P.I. Institution Name:University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Title:Dean and Professor
Objective: To determine student satisfaction with a Web-based, online educational program awarding a baccalaureate degree in nursing to registered nurses not currently holding such degrees, and to examine issues related to cost and accessibility of completing a degree program in a distance learning format. Design: A mail out, mail in survey was used to contact RNs currently enrolled in the program, and program graduates who had completed at least part of their degree requirements through the RN to BSN distance education program. This program is supported through the Basic Nurse Education and Practice initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The survey was designed based on specifications laid out in the funding proposal, and ideas discussed in "Evaluation and Implementation of Distance Learning: Technologies, Tools, and Techniques" by France Belanger and Dianne Jordon, and published by Idea Group Publishing in Hershey, PA. Population: The survey was sent to all RNs currently enrolled in the RN to BSN program, and all program graduates. There was no need to create a smaller sample, as the population of nurses in this group was not so large that a survey of all involved was not feasible. Outcome Variables: Outcome variables of interest included user satisfaction with technical aspects of the program; user satisfaction with course content and course materials; students ratings of faculty in terms of accessibility, teaching skills, and knowledge; student experiences with testing procedures; use of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs); costs incurred for distance education; student recommendations for future directions in distance education, and changes in student employment that were a direct result of participation in the RN to BSN program. Demographic characteristics were also collected, and results were compared based on community size, location, and type of employment. Method: A mail-in, mail-out survey designed by the grant evaluator was sent to all current students and program graduates. In order to gain the highest return rate possible, follow-up reminders were sent 2 weeks after the original surveys were mailed. The survey consisted of 37 Likert type items rating various aspects of course content, materials, faculty, testing procedures, and technical issues related to distance education. Respondents were also provided with an opportunity to comment on each of these areas through open-ended items asking for additional information. Demographic data regarding race, gender, location of practice, type of work, size of community, and time spent in the program was also collected. Closed items were used to collect information about travel for exams or other purposes, costs of equipment and ancillary services, ways that employers encourage or discourage participation in on-line continuing education, recommendations for program continuation, and participant plans for future study. Data will be analyzed using SPSS PC. Frequency data, including the basic statistics of mean, standard deviation, and distribution of responses will be calculated. Analysis of variance will be used for testing of group differences. Findings: This survey is still being conducted. Findings will be described at the presentation. Conclusions: As the survey is still being conducted, conclusions at this point would be premature. Implications: It is expected that findings will indicate that students are comfortable with on-line education courses, had few technical problems, and generally felt they had learned a great deal during their distance education courses. Results thus far indicate that many students could not have completed their degree studies, nor would they have contemplated trying to complete such work, without this Internet-based educational program. It is also anticipated that costs for completing an on-line degree will be comparable with those of taking traditional courses when the cost of travel, time taken off from work, and child care are taken into consideration. This implies that reaching the goal of having a better-educated nursing workforce will be more difficult to achieve without distance education programs.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jul-2002
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSatisfaction of Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Students with a Web-Based Online Programen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/150740-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Satisfaction of Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Students with a Web-Based Online Program</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July, 2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hodges, Linda</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Dean and Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">hodgeslindac@uams.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: To determine student satisfaction with a Web-based, online educational program awarding a baccalaureate degree in nursing to registered nurses not currently holding such degrees, and to examine issues related to cost and accessibility of completing a degree program in a distance learning format. Design: A mail out, mail in survey was used to contact RNs currently enrolled in the program, and program graduates who had completed at least part of their degree requirements through the RN to BSN distance education program. This program is supported through the Basic Nurse Education and Practice initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The survey was designed based on specifications laid out in the funding proposal, and ideas discussed in &quot;Evaluation and Implementation of Distance Learning: Technologies, Tools, and Techniques&quot; by France Belanger and Dianne Jordon, and published by Idea Group Publishing in Hershey, PA. Population: The survey was sent to all RNs currently enrolled in the RN to BSN program, and all program graduates. There was no need to create a smaller sample, as the population of nurses in this group was not so large that a survey of all involved was not feasible. Outcome Variables: Outcome variables of interest included user satisfaction with technical aspects of the program; user satisfaction with course content and course materials; students ratings of faculty in terms of accessibility, teaching skills, and knowledge; student experiences with testing procedures; use of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs); costs incurred for distance education; student recommendations for future directions in distance education, and changes in student employment that were a direct result of participation in the RN to BSN program. Demographic characteristics were also collected, and results were compared based on community size, location, and type of employment. Method: A mail-in, mail-out survey designed by the grant evaluator was sent to all current students and program graduates. In order to gain the highest return rate possible, follow-up reminders were sent 2 weeks after the original surveys were mailed. The survey consisted of 37 Likert type items rating various aspects of course content, materials, faculty, testing procedures, and technical issues related to distance education. Respondents were also provided with an opportunity to comment on each of these areas through open-ended items asking for additional information. Demographic data regarding race, gender, location of practice, type of work, size of community, and time spent in the program was also collected. Closed items were used to collect information about travel for exams or other purposes, costs of equipment and ancillary services, ways that employers encourage or discourage participation in on-line continuing education, recommendations for program continuation, and participant plans for future study. Data will be analyzed using SPSS PC. Frequency data, including the basic statistics of mean, standard deviation, and distribution of responses will be calculated. Analysis of variance will be used for testing of group differences. Findings: This survey is still being conducted. Findings will be described at the presentation. Conclusions: As the survey is still being conducted, conclusions at this point would be premature. Implications: It is expected that findings will indicate that students are comfortable with on-line education courses, had few technical problems, and generally felt they had learned a great deal during their distance education courses. Results thus far indicate that many students could not have completed their degree studies, nor would they have contemplated trying to complete such work, without this Internet-based educational program. It is also anticipated that costs for completing an on-line degree will be comparable with those of taking traditional courses when the cost of travel, time taken off from work, and child care are taken into consideration. This implies that reaching the goal of having a better-educated nursing workforce will be more difficult to achieve without distance education programs.<br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:41:34Z-
dc.date.issued2002-07en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:41:34Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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