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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163410
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
There Really is a Difference: Nurses' Experiences Transitioning from RN - BSN
Author(s):
Delaney, Colleen; Piscopo, Barbara
Author Details:
Colleen Delaney, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Associate Professor, Western Connecticut State University Nursing, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, email: delaneyc@wcsu.edu; Barbara Piscopo
Abstract:
Purpose: The aim of this phenomenologic study was to explore and describe the lived experience of nurses' transitioning from RN ? BSN. Background: RN to BSN programs offer associate degree (AD) and diploma nurses an opportunity to recreate their practice and improve patient health outcomes. Yet in spite of diverse program formats, accelerated curricula, and tuition reimbursement, over the past 10 years only ~16% of AD nurses and 24% of diploma nurses return to school to complete their baccalaureate degree (Spratley, Johnson, Sochalski, Fritz, & Spencer, 2000) with a slight increase in enrollment during the past two years (AACN, 2005). The lack of baccalaureate nurses is a formidable problem resulting in a shortage of nurses adequately prepared to meet certain areas of patient need in a changing health care environment (NLN, 2000). Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The qualitative research design used for this study was descriptive phenomenology. The purposive sample of 12 nurses consisted of 11 females and 1 male who graduated from all types of RN - BSN education program formats such as conventional, accelerated, and online. Each nurse was asked to describe his or her experience transitioning from RN - BSN in as much detail as possible. Their stories were analyzed using Colaizzi's method of data analysis. Results: Eight theme clusters emerged when the formulated meanings were organized into categories: (1) Varied Expectations, (2) Tentative Beginnings, (3) Cornerstone Courses, (4) Translating Knowledge into Empowerment, (5) Becoming Assertive Leader and Advocate, (6) Confronting and Conquering Challenges, (7) Envisioning the Whole, and (8) Recreating Everyday Practice. Conclusions and Implications: Findings indicate that both the quality of patient care and nurses' practice were enhanced as a result of BSN completion programs. This study has important implications for nurse educators in academia and service, RN - BSN graduates, and Associate degree and diploma nurses considering returning to school.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThere Really is a Difference: Nurses' Experiences Transitioning from RN - BSNen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDelaney, Colleenen_US
dc.contributor.authorPiscopo, Barbaraen_US
dc.author.detailsColleen Delaney, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, Associate Professor, Western Connecticut State University Nursing, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, email: delaneyc@wcsu.edu; Barbara Piscopoen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163410-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The aim of this phenomenologic study was to explore and describe the lived experience of nurses' transitioning from RN ? BSN. Background: RN to BSN programs offer associate degree (AD) and diploma nurses an opportunity to recreate their practice and improve patient health outcomes. Yet in spite of diverse program formats, accelerated curricula, and tuition reimbursement, over the past 10 years only ~16% of AD nurses and 24% of diploma nurses return to school to complete their baccalaureate degree (Spratley, Johnson, Sochalski, Fritz, & Spencer, 2000) with a slight increase in enrollment during the past two years (AACN, 2005). The lack of baccalaureate nurses is a formidable problem resulting in a shortage of nurses adequately prepared to meet certain areas of patient need in a changing health care environment (NLN, 2000). Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): The qualitative research design used for this study was descriptive phenomenology. The purposive sample of 12 nurses consisted of 11 females and 1 male who graduated from all types of RN - BSN education program formats such as conventional, accelerated, and online. Each nurse was asked to describe his or her experience transitioning from RN - BSN in as much detail as possible. Their stories were analyzed using Colaizzi's method of data analysis. Results: Eight theme clusters emerged when the formulated meanings were organized into categories: (1) Varied Expectations, (2) Tentative Beginnings, (3) Cornerstone Courses, (4) Translating Knowledge into Empowerment, (5) Becoming Assertive Leader and Advocate, (6) Confronting and Conquering Challenges, (7) Envisioning the Whole, and (8) Recreating Everyday Practice. Conclusions and Implications: Findings indicate that both the quality of patient care and nurses' practice were enhanced as a result of BSN completion programs. This study has important implications for nurse educators in academia and service, RN - BSN graduates, and Associate degree and diploma nurses considering returning to school.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:07:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:07:06Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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