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College of the Canyons Nursing Alumni Surveys, Spring 2001. Report.

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In the summer of 2001, College of the Canyons (California) conducted of study of registered nursing (RN) and licensed vocational nursing (LVN) alumni, as well as their employers, to assess satisfaction with the preparation and training they received through the College's nursing programs. Out of the 89 invited nursing alumni, 33 surveys were completed and returned, resulting in a response rate of 42% for RNs and 33% for LVNs. Only 14 of 89 employer surveys (15%) were returned. Overall, RN and LVN alumni participants rated their levels of satisfaction with various aspects of the nursing program as "satisfied" or "very satisfied." Alumni respondents indicated that they were either "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the following aspects of the nursing program: availability of courses, quality of instruction, support provided by nursing faculty, out-of-class availability of nursing faculty, support provided by college non-teaching staff, preparation received for the Board Exam, and overall preparation received. The majority of alumni indicated that they either obtained a job just prior to leaving the college or had obtained a job within 6 months of completing the nursing program. Nursing employers strongly agreed that alumni had sufficient knowledge for entry-level practice, were competent in basic care skills, and utilized critical thinking in making decisions about patient care within expectations. Appended are the survey instrument, response frequencies, and a summary of stated responses. (Author)

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Author:Meuschke, Daylene M; Dixon, P. Scott; Gribbons, Barry C.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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