Presenter Information

Dorrie MacGregorFollow

Location

Schewel 208

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Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 3:45 PM

Department

Nursing

Abstract

There is limited research on the factors that contribute to graduate school success for nurses. The purpose of this literature review was to determine whether or not it is more beneficial for new graduate nursing students to gain work experience prior to attending graduate school or whether they should go straight into graduate school after graduation. Studies were found, using the CINAHL nursing database and a secondary search, pertaining to new graduate nurses and their success in graduate school. Three themes emerged from the literature that help to understand the factors that contribute to success. These themes include prior nursing experience, professional characteristics, and undergraduate grade point average. In conclusion, prior nursing experience was not found to influence success in a master’s program. However, a high grade point average was found to correlate to better success as well as having the necessary professional characteristics needed for a nursing role. Future research needs to be conducted on how well prepared nurses are for graduate education and how new nurses who do go right into graduate school feel about the experience.

Faculty Mentor

Sara Hallowell, Joanne Newton, Susan Braud

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Apr 4th, 3:45 PM

Does Experience Working as a Registered Nurse Contribute to Success in Graduate School?

Schewel 208

There is limited research on the factors that contribute to graduate school success for nurses. The purpose of this literature review was to determine whether or not it is more beneficial for new graduate nursing students to gain work experience prior to attending graduate school or whether they should go straight into graduate school after graduation. Studies were found, using the CINAHL nursing database and a secondary search, pertaining to new graduate nurses and their success in graduate school. Three themes emerged from the literature that help to understand the factors that contribute to success. These themes include prior nursing experience, professional characteristics, and undergraduate grade point average. In conclusion, prior nursing experience was not found to influence success in a master’s program. However, a high grade point average was found to correlate to better success as well as having the necessary professional characteristics needed for a nursing role. Future research needs to be conducted on how well prepared nurses are for graduate education and how new nurses who do go right into graduate school feel about the experience.