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Expectations and perceptions of graduates' performance at the start and at the end of their graduate year


Roberts, KE and Farrell, GA, Expectations and perceptions of graduates' performance at the start and at the end of their graduate year, Collegian, 10, (2) pp. 13-18. ISSN 1322-7696 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60049-9


This descriptive study reports on the expectations and perceptions of graduate performance by graduates themselves, their preceptors, and their clinical nurse consultants (CNCs) at the commencement of employment as a beginning level registered nurse, and near the end of graduates' twelve months of professional employment. Findings indicate that graduates expected to be functioning at a higher level of performance at the beginning of their graduate year than did the preceptors and CNCs. There was little agreement between the three groups regarding the rating of their expectations of graduates' nursing performance. When agreement between pairs of groups was examined, preceptors and CNCs agreed most, followed by graduates and preceptors, and graduates and CNCs. When perceptions of graduates' performance were compared near the end of the graduates' employment period, graduates rated their own nursing performance higher than preceptors and CNCs. Once again there was little agreement among the three groups. Overall, graduates and preceptors agreed most. On the basis of these results the question is begged, on what basis is the decision taken to terminate preceptorship support for graduates?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Roberts, KE (Ms Karen Elizabeth Roberts)
UTAS Author:Farrell, GA (Professor Gerald Farrell)
ID Code:27829
Year Published:2003
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-30

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