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Honors Thesis


Upon entering the nursing practice, new graduate nurses (NGN) experience a knowledge and skills gap between their academic preparation and what they will encounter in a clinical practice. Nursing theorists and experienced nurses estimate it takes about 12 to 15 months of work-based experience before an NGN feels competent in their role as a Registered Nurse (Benner, 1982; Duchscher, 2008). Using an IRB-approved comparative descriptive research design, online and on-campus pre-nursing students at UTA were invited to complete an 18-question Likert-scale and short online survey. Participants provided demographic information and answered questions regarding their beliefs. Most pre-nursing students in this study did not have a realistic expectation of the length of time offered for training or the time needed to transition to professional practice as an NGN.

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