Journal of Professional Nursing, 1986, Vol.2(3), pp.160-165
The split between nursing service and nursing education with regard to skill expectations for new baccalaureate graduates is a commonly held belief in the nursing profession. However, results of the present study did not support this belief. Two questionnaires which measured ideal expectations for and real perceptions of entry level competencies of new BSN graduates were completed by a convenience sample of 123 nurse administrators. Rather than differing with regard to ideal expectations, results of paired t tests indicated that the major problem was the vast difference between the ideal expectations and real functioning for both service and education. It appears that neither service nor education is satisfied with the performance of the new BSN graduate. The authors urge for an action-oriented approach to this problem in which nursing service and nursing education act collaboratively to generate realistic solutions.
Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate, Performance of Graduates ; Service, Nursing, Performance of Baccalaureate Graduates ; Nursing
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