Transferring a successful strategy for supporting accelerated nursing students from a small to a large cohort

Doggrell, Sheila Anne, Schaffer, Sally, & Dallemagne, Catherine (2012) Transferring a successful strategy for supporting accelerated nursing students from a small to a large cohort. In Nelson, Karen J. & Kift, Sally M. (Eds.) 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference : New Horizons, 26-29 June 2012, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, QLD.

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In 2009 and 2010, withdrawal rates from a Pharmacology unit of accelerated QUT nursing students in the first year of their degree, were higher than for continuing students. The cohort of 216 accelerated students in 2011 had university or non-university qualification or equivalent experience and included domestic and international students. A previously tested intervention was introduced in 2011 to improve retention rates and support all Pharmacology students in their first year of nursing. The intervention involved a community website, on-line tutors and an “O week” workshop comprising information about library resources, effective learning strategies and learning tips from a previous student as well as review anatomy, physiology and microbiology lectures. Withdrawal rates for accelerated students in the Pharmacology unit improved and all students found the workshop and review lectures to be informative and valuable. The intervention was therefore successfully transferred to a large, diverse cohort of accelerated nursing students.

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ID Code: 56524
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information:
Keywords: student retention, accelerated students, first year experience, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Biomedical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2013 23:53
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 11:45

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