Does a Bachelor of Nursing Programme in the Western Cape, South Africa, Adequately Prepare Graduates for Their Professional World of Work?

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Does a Bachelor of Nursing Programme in the Western Cape, South Africa, Adequately Prepare Graduates for Their Professional World of Work?
Other Titles:
Resarch and Innovations from Afrida [Session]
Author(s):
Daniels, Felicity M.; Martin, Penelope D.; Fakude, Lorraine P.; Richards, Lydia E.; Ntombizodwa, S. B. Linda; van der Berg, Lindy S.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Chi Omicron-at-Large
Author Details:
Felicity M. Daniels, RN, RPN, CHN, RNE, fdaniels@uwc.ac.za; Penelope D. Martin, RN, RM, CHN, RPN, RNE, RNA; Lorraine P. Fakude, RN, RM, CHN, RNEd, RNAdmin; Lydia E. Richards, RGN, RM, ICU, Paeds, NAdmin, NEd; Lindy S. van der Berg, RN, RM, RPN, RCHN; Ntombizodwa S. B. Linda, RN, RM, RNE;
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Introduction: The success of a country’s economy increasingly depends on the quality of its human resources which, in turn, is inextricably linked to the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes offered by its education and training institutions. Preparation of students for employment in the labour market is generally viewed as one of the major functions of higher education. Current concerns however exist, nationally and internationally, about the quality of the programmes offered by higher education institutions, which seemingly produce less competent graduates which therefore questions their employability. Further concerns about the lack of alignment and relevance of the education programmes to the job market; the consequent gap between the competencies and level of competence expected by the employer and those which graduates possess and challenges with regards to the graduate’s transition from higher education to practice has led to the need for evaluations of programmes through graduate tracer studies (Griesel & Parker, 2009). Graduate nursing programmes are not spared the concern that the nurse’s level of competence needs to be sharpened and nursing programmes made more relevant to nursing practice to ensure improved patient outcomes.  Aim: This study aimed to trace graduates from a Bachelor of Nursing programme offered at a university in the Western Cape, South Africa, to establish the adequacy and relevance of the programme to the graduate’s world of work; and to identify potential gaps and measures to address these gaps towards improving the nursing programme.  Methods: The research method was quantitative, using a non-experimental survey design. The survey was conducted during 2014. All graduates who completed the Bachelor of Nursing programme in December 2013 at the identified university, their professional nurse supervisors at the clinical facilities during 2014 and patients who received direct care from the graduates were purposively selected to participate in the survey. The survey for graduates focused on the graduate’s biographical and education background; and the relevance of the Bachelor of Nursing degree to their current job. The professional nurses completed a survey which established the discipline / type of health care facility in which the graduate was being assessed; the skills required for the graduate to perform competently in that facility; and the skills which the graduate lacked to perform competently in the facility. The questions were a combination of single-item and multiple-item closed-ended questions, filter and follow up questions as well as ranking questions. The patient survey was developed from Larrabee and Putman’s (2006) Caring behaviour Inventory and included sections on the patient’s biographical and health information and a section on patient satisfaction rating. Data was analysed quantitatively using SPSS version 21. Frequency distributions and measures of variability were established from the data. Correlation and covariance were done. Chi square test were used to test for associations. The confidence interval was set at 0.95. Results: Graduates and their professional nurse supervisors provided insight into the adequacy, relevance and gaps in the programme with reference to the four disciplines for which graduates qualify at the end of the programme, namely, general nursing science, community nursing science, psychiatric nursing, midwifery and clinical nursing practice. A total of 37% of the students reported that they fared best theoretically in discipline general nursing science while 28% reported that they did not fare well in the same discipline. The discipline that students reported enjoying the most was midwifery 40%, followed by community nursing science at 28%. The discipline in which students reported faring best clinically was psychiatric nursing science while 19% of the students reported that they did not fare well clinically in the same discipline. Students reported that the clinical learning opportunities, during the 4 thyear of study, were excellent 30% while 44% reported that it was good. Only 2% reported it as being unsatisfactory. Forty two percent (42%) of the 4 thyear students reported that they received excellent support from registered nurses at the clinical facilities. Cumulatively, 77% reported that the support they received was either excellent or good. Forty two percent of the students reported that by the 4 thyear of study, the Bachelor of Nursing programme had adequately prepared them for their role as a registered nurse, while 44% reported that their preparation was good. Only 2% reported that their preparation was inadequate. Overall, their satisfaction with being a student in B Nursing Programme was reported by 26% of the students as being very happy 26%; 37% were happy 37% and only 2% were unhappy. The finding of professional nurse confirmed the students rating of themselves as being adequately prepared. The patient’s rating of the care they received from the graduates were both positive and negative. Conclusion: It is hoped that the findings of this study will facilitate the alignment of Bachelor of Nursing programmes in the country to the needs of the job market and that graduates from this programme will in future be more employable and meet the patient’s needs for care. Recommendations: The alignment of the educational programme to the skills required to practice as a professional nurse is the main recommendation to strengthen the programme further and to ensure positive patient outcomes. While recommendations from the patient satisfaction survey highlighted the need to enhance the soft skills required for patient care.
Keywords:
Bachelor of Nursing programme; Required skills; Job market
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15F25
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.titleDoes a Bachelor of Nursing Programme in the Western Cape, South Africa, Adequately Prepare Graduates for Their Professional World of Work?en
dc.title.alternativeResarch and Innovations from Afrida [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorDaniels, Felicity M.en
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Penelope D.en
dc.contributor.authorFakude, Lorraine P.en
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Lydia E.en
dc.contributor.authorNtombizodwa, S. B. Lindaen
dc.contributor.authorvan der Berg, Lindy S.en
dc.contributor.departmentChi Omicron-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsFelicity M. Daniels, RN, RPN, CHN, RNE, fdaniels@uwc.ac.za; Penelope D. Martin, RN, RM, CHN, RPN, RNE, RNA; Lorraine P. Fakude, RN, RM, CHN, RNEd, RNAdmin; Lydia E. Richards, RGN, RM, ICU, Paeds, NAdmin, NEd; Lindy S. van der Berg, RN, RM, RPN, RCHN; Ntombizodwa S. B. Linda, RN, RM, RNE;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603221en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Introduction: The success of a country’s economy increasingly depends on the quality of its human resources which, in turn, is inextricably linked to the effectiveness and efficiency of programmes offered by its education and training institutions. Preparation of students for employment in the labour market is generally viewed as one of the major functions of higher education. Current concerns however exist, nationally and internationally, about the quality of the programmes offered by higher education institutions, which seemingly produce less competent graduates which therefore questions their employability. Further concerns about the lack of alignment and relevance of the education programmes to the job market; the consequent gap between the competencies and level of competence expected by the employer and those which graduates possess and challenges with regards to the graduate’s transition from higher education to practice has led to the need for evaluations of programmes through graduate tracer studies (Griesel & Parker, 2009). Graduate nursing programmes are not spared the concern that the nurse’s level of competence needs to be sharpened and nursing programmes made more relevant to nursing practice to ensure improved patient outcomes.  Aim: This study aimed to trace graduates from a Bachelor of Nursing programme offered at a university in the Western Cape, South Africa, to establish the adequacy and relevance of the programme to the graduate’s world of work; and to identify potential gaps and measures to address these gaps towards improving the nursing programme.  Methods: The research method was quantitative, using a non-experimental survey design. The survey was conducted during 2014. All graduates who completed the Bachelor of Nursing programme in December 2013 at the identified university, their professional nurse supervisors at the clinical facilities during 2014 and patients who received direct care from the graduates were purposively selected to participate in the survey. The survey for graduates focused on the graduate’s biographical and education background; and the relevance of the Bachelor of Nursing degree to their current job. The professional nurses completed a survey which established the discipline / type of health care facility in which the graduate was being assessed; the skills required for the graduate to perform competently in that facility; and the skills which the graduate lacked to perform competently in the facility. The questions were a combination of single-item and multiple-item closed-ended questions, filter and follow up questions as well as ranking questions. The patient survey was developed from Larrabee and Putman’s (2006) Caring behaviour Inventory and included sections on the patient’s biographical and health information and a section on patient satisfaction rating. Data was analysed quantitatively using SPSS version 21. Frequency distributions and measures of variability were established from the data. Correlation and covariance were done. Chi square test were used to test for associations. The confidence interval was set at 0.95. Results: Graduates and their professional nurse supervisors provided insight into the adequacy, relevance and gaps in the programme with reference to the four disciplines for which graduates qualify at the end of the programme, namely, general nursing science, community nursing science, psychiatric nursing, midwifery and clinical nursing practice. A total of 37% of the students reported that they fared best theoretically in discipline general nursing science while 28% reported that they did not fare well in the same discipline. The discipline that students reported enjoying the most was midwifery 40%, followed by community nursing science at 28%. The discipline in which students reported faring best clinically was psychiatric nursing science while 19% of the students reported that they did not fare well clinically in the same discipline. Students reported that the clinical learning opportunities, during the 4 thyear of study, were excellent 30% while 44% reported that it was good. Only 2% reported it as being unsatisfactory. Forty two percent (42%) of the 4 thyear students reported that they received excellent support from registered nurses at the clinical facilities. Cumulatively, 77% reported that the support they received was either excellent or good. Forty two percent of the students reported that by the 4 thyear of study, the Bachelor of Nursing programme had adequately prepared them for their role as a registered nurse, while 44% reported that their preparation was good. Only 2% reported that their preparation was inadequate. Overall, their satisfaction with being a student in B Nursing Programme was reported by 26% of the students as being very happy 26%; 37% were happy 37% and only 2% were unhappy. The finding of professional nurse confirmed the students rating of themselves as being adequately prepared. The patient’s rating of the care they received from the graduates were both positive and negative. Conclusion: It is hoped that the findings of this study will facilitate the alignment of Bachelor of Nursing programmes in the country to the needs of the job market and that graduates from this programme will in future be more employable and meet the patient’s needs for care. Recommendations: The alignment of the educational programme to the skills required to practice as a professional nurse is the main recommendation to strengthen the programme further and to ensure positive patient outcomes. While recommendations from the patient satisfaction survey highlighted the need to enhance the soft skills required for patient care.en
dc.subjectBachelor of Nursing programmeen
dc.subjectRequired skillsen
dc.subjectJob marketen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:45:54Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:45:54Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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