A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Graduates of an Accelerated Second-Degree Baccalaureate Nursing Program and Graduates of a Traditional Baccalaureate Nursing Program in Demographics, Professional Outcomes, and Career Satisfaction

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Description: Accelerated second-degree baccalaureate nursing (ASDBN) programs have become increasingly popular over the past 15 years (AACN, 2010). ASDBN programs are an educational strategy to produce registered nurses (RNs) in a shortened period of time by tapping into the pool of baccalaureate-prepared individuals who are interested in a nursing career. Despite the proliferation of ASDBN programs over the past 15 years, the research conducted on accelerated BSN graduates is limited. This cross-sectional study examined ASDBN graduates and traditional baccalaureate nursing (TBN) graduates from a large, mid-Atlantic, private, urban university with regard to demographics, professional outcomes, and career satisfaction. An electronic survey was used to survey 117 ASDBN graduates and 71 TBN graduates from the graduating classes of 2004 to 2010. The ASDBN demographic data indicated that this data's sample was similar in gender, ethnicity, and first undergraduate major to samples in other studies examining ASDBN students and ASDBN graduates. This study found a statistically significant difference in two professional outcomes: plans to return for an advanced nursing degree and membership in nursing professional organizations. There was no statistically significant difference in career satisfaction between ASDBN and TBN graduates. This study's findings indicated that ASDBN and TBN graduates have similar professional outcomes and career satisfaction despite matriculation in nursing programs with different curricular models.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work