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Undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of the graduate application process: A qualitative exploration


Beggs, RL and Sidwell, D and Rattray, ME and Neville, GE and Zimmerman, P-AP, Undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of the graduate application process: A qualitative exploration, Collegian, 29, (2) pp. 213-219. ISSN 1322-7696 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 Australian College of Nursing Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2021.08.006


Background: Nursing studentsí perceptions and preparedness can impact their ability and motivation to engage with graduate program application processes. Aim: The purpose of this study was to explore nursing studentsí perceptions about their preparedness/work readiness for the graduate process and to identify barriers and enablers which may inform education processes.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews, underpinned by the Theory of Planned Behaviour, were undertaken with third-year students enrolled in a Bachelor of Nursing course in 2018. Data was recorded and transcribed before inductive thematic analysis was performed.

Findings: Three themes were found to impact student perceptions of and preparedness for the graduate program: (i) Standing out from the crowd, (ii) Preparedness for the application process, and (iii) Applying; considering strategic, desirable and personal factors.

Discussion: Student perceptions were primarily affected by the self-evaluation of their ability to "stand out" in a competitive graduate environment. Student preparedness appears as a deficit as they have not considered what an employer wants from potential employees.

Conclusion: The findings have implications for students, higher education providers, and employers, begging the question, who is responsible for students being prepared for the graduate recruitment process?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nurse graduates, employability, work-readiness, graduate, nursing student, preparedness
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing workforce
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Sidwell, D (Mr Danny Sidwell)
ID Code:151304
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-07-27
Last Modified:2022-09-16

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