Assisting the transition: establishment of a First Year Experience Coordinator role for nursing students

Birks, Melanie, Chapman, Ysanne, and Ralph, Nicholas (2014) Assisting the transition: establishment of a First Year Experience Coordinator role for nursing students. In: Emerson, Tod S., (ed.) New Developments in Nursing Education Research: nursing issues, problems and challenges. Nursing: issues, problems and challenges . Nova Publishers, New York, NY, USA, pp. 77-89.

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This paper discusses issues around the transition of beginning nursing students into higher education. The authors report on a project conducted at a multi-campus university within a School of Nursing and Midwifery dispersed across four diverse sites. First-year students encounter specific issues of adjustment in this environment, particularly when studying by distance mode. To provide the support necessary in the transition to tertiary study, First Year Experience Coordinator (Nursing) (FYEC) positions were established on each of the four campuses. This role was intended to offer personal, educational and professional support to beginning nursing students; establish a specific educational program for diploma qualified nurses to transit to the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program; reduce the attrition rate from the BN program across all campuses; develop expertise in student engagement and support roles among staff; and establish a research agenda in respect of the first-year experience of nursing students.

Item ID: 37740
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-1-63463-114-3
Funders: Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 00:29
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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