Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 20(4) December 2007 : 81-99.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2007.19473
Nursing Research

A Chronicle of BScN Honours/Non-Honours Outcomes and Experiences Post-Graduation

Angela Gillis

Abstract

This paper reports on a graduate follow-up of the outcomes of participation in an honours BScN program, two to seven years post-graduation. It compares two groups of graduates with high GPA scores, both initially eligible to complete the honours program. One group completed the honours program; the other group completed the regular BScN program. In phase 1 of the study, a self-administered mailed questionnaire was sent to participants to assess their involvement in research activities, occupancy of leadership positions, enrollment in graduate studies and demonstration of liberal education competencies in their professional lives after graduation. In phase two, personal interviews were held with a purposive subsample of participants to explore early career workplace experiences with research-based activities and participants' perceptions of factors influencing their decision to complete or not to complete the honours program. Graduates with high GPA scores from both programs demonstrated expected professional outcomes post-graduation. Follow up at 10-12 years post-graduation and replication with larger samples are recommended.

 

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