Online Orientation and Guidance Program for Success in a Master of Science in Nursing Program

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/307877
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Online Orientation and Guidance Program for Success in a Master of Science in Nursing Program
Author(s):
Cameron, Nancy G.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Sigma
Author Details:
Nancy G. Cameron, DNP, MSN, MSHOE, RN, NEA-BC, cameronng@etsu.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Preloading student satisfaction and success factors into an online graduate nursing education program orientation course strengthens the potential for student retention and success. Major components of withdrawal from universities include personal reasons and support system issues.  Support system issues often relate to a difference in the students’ anticipatory expectations and the realities of the educational program.  Student perspectives on program expectations may be related to their experiences in a face-to-face undergraduate program format and an online graduate program format.  Another conflict between student anticipatory expectations and program realities may be related to the level of learning and understanding required of graduate education compared to undergraduate education.
     A 100% online graduate nursing orientation and guidance program was developed to orient newly admitted students to the expectations of graduate nursing study, the requirements of this specific MSN program, and how to use the learning management system (Desire2Learn). Students were taught the basic structure of courses (including discussions, quizzes, and dropbox assignments). Access to peer support, faculty advisor, and university resources were provided within the course using the same architecture as the program courses. Students were encouraged to introduce themselves to other students.  Opportunities were provided for more experienced students to share experiences and bits of wisdom gained from their studies.  New students were encouraged to ask questions of fellow students and their advisor and to establish study groups.  Ongoing discussion boards were provided for continuous student interaction and peer support throughout their time in the program.
     Students gained a realistic perception of the program, online graduate study expectations, and helped them to form a realistic understanding of the need to maintain a work-school-life balance.  Students reported decreased anxiety and increased comfort with graduate online education, increased self confidence, and feelings of support, which prepared them for success.
Keywords:
graduate nursing education; student satisfaction and support; retention and withdrawal
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
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.

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleOnline Orientation and Guidance Program for Success in a Master of Science in Nursing Programen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCameron, Nancy G.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Sigmaen_GB
dc.author.detailsNancy G. Cameron, DNP, MSN, MSHOE, RN, NEA-BC, cameronng@etsu.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/307877-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013, Tuesday, November 19, 2013</p>Preloading student satisfaction and success factors into an online graduate nursing education program orientation course strengthens the potential for student retention and success. Major components of withdrawal from universities include personal reasons and support system issues.  Support system issues often relate to a difference in the students’ anticipatory expectations and the realities of the educational program.  Student perspectives on program expectations may be related to their experiences in a face-to-face undergraduate program format and an online graduate program format.  Another conflict between student anticipatory expectations and program realities may be related to the level of learning and understanding required of graduate education compared to undergraduate education.<br /="/">     A 100% online graduate nursing orientation and guidance program was developed to orient newly admitted students to the expectations of graduate nursing study, the requirements of this specific MSN program, and how to use the learning management system (Desire2Learn). Students were taught the basic structure of courses (including discussions, quizzes, and dropbox assignments). Access to peer support, faculty advisor, and university resources were provided within the course using the same architecture as the program courses. Students were encouraged to introduce themselves to other students.  Opportunities were provided for more experienced students to share experiences and bits of wisdom gained from their studies.  New students were encouraged to ask questions of fellow students and their advisor and to establish study groups.  Ongoing discussion boards were provided for continuous student interaction and peer support throughout their time in the program.<br /="/">     Students gained a realistic perception of the program, online graduate study expectations, and helped them to form a realistic understanding of the need to maintain a work-school-life balance.  Students reported decreased anxiety and increased comfort with graduate online education, increased self confidence, and feelings of support, which prepared them for success.en_GB
dc.subjectgraduate nursing educationen_GB
dc.subjectstudent satisfaction and supporten_GB
dc.subjectretention and withdrawalen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:23:29Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:23:29Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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.en_GB
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