Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Mark C. Crider

Second Advisor

Christine Hooper


nursing shortage, clinical performance, new graduate, accelerated nursing graduates


Currently in the United States, motivated by nursing shortages, numerous ways have been created to recruit nurses in nursing schools. Accelerated nursing programs are increasing rapidly. Colleges and Schools of Nursing around the nation are accepting students seeking their first degree, as well as those with a second degree. This study compared perceptions of clinical performance of accelerated first-degree and accelerated second-degree bachelor of nursing graduates. The intention was to identify whether, after graduation, the two groups held different self-perceptions of performance in the clinical environment. This was to determine if one group has better self-perception of performance than the other to explore how these differences can impact accelerated nursing programs and clinical performance after graduation. The results showed no significant differences in the perception of performance between the two groups; concluding degree status has little or no impact on perception of clinical practice and prediction of practice success from an accelerated program.

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