Baccalaureate nursing studies: voyaging towards discovery

Birks, Melanie, Chapman, Ysanne, and Francis, Karen (2006) Baccalaureate nursing studies: voyaging towards discovery. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12 (5). pp. 267-272.

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Postregistration nursing courses are designed to enable registered nurses to convert their existing certificate or diploma qualifications to degree level. This paper presents the findings of a preliminary exploratory, descriptive investigation into the experience of nurses undertaking postregistration degree studies in Malaysian Borneo. The unique nature of this environment presents challenges for these students and these are examined using the metaphor of a ship's voyage. These experiences are explored within themes of setting sail, finding one's sea legs, all in the same boat and discovering the treasure. The findings indicate that, for most of the participants, completion of a baccalaureate postregistration course was a long-held goal. A number of challenges were faced during the course, including managing time, the stress of conflicting priorities and the adjustment to tertiary studies. Support from fellow students, faculty and family was crucial to successfully completing this course. Personal and professional changes were reported by all participants. These include an increased level of confidence and assertiveness, the development of critical thinking ability, and enhanced communication skills. Ultimately, participants reported a renewed attitude towards themselves and their profession.

Item ID: 29545
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-172X
Keywords: baccalaureate nursing studies; Borneo; distance education; Malaysia; metaphor
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 02:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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