Publication Date

5-21-2009

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Mark C. Crider

Second Advisor

Cindy Miller

Abstract

With today's economic uncertainty, and nursing shortages, many have decided to join the health care industry in hopes of finding financial stability and job security. The impaction of nursing schools throughout the United States has led to the proliferation of accelerated nursing programs. These programs are designed for motivated students who are able to utilize their prior educational experience enabling them to accelerate and complete their BSN degree in a short period of time (Wu, C.Y., & Connelly, C.E., 1992). This study focused on the examination of the length of time in nursing school and the potential influence it may have on students' perception of preparedness. A 24-multiple choice questionnaire was distributed to graduating accelerated and traditional BSN students (n=71) at San Jose State University's School of Nursing. Statistical analysis of the data supports that accelerated BSN students and traditional BSN students have some variances in their perception of preparedness and educational satisfaction.

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