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Abstract

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the Georgia College & State University (GC&SU) Nursing Program, a non-experimental, survey research study was conducted by senior nursing students in the Nursing Research class. The survey evaluated the teaching and learning strategies used in the program, the students' perceptions of preparedness for nursing after graduation, and the students' perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of the GC&SU nursing curriculum. Each participant signed an informed consent form. Forty-five out of a possible 142 nursing students responded to the survey. A statistical analysis of the responses was conducted and comparisons of answers were analyzed across the different nursing cohorts. Implications and recommendations for changes for the GC&SU Nursing Program were stated. As demand for registered nurses continues to increase, nursing programs in the United States are rising to meet this need by educating clinically proficient nurses. GC&SU nursing program graduates approximately 80 nursing students per year. In May 2003, 94% of the nursing graduates passed the licensure exam, helping fill the need in healthcare settings. Nursing faculty realize that they must prepare nurses who are adept at performing essential nursing skills including assessment, safe medication administration, nursing care for ill clients and health teaching.

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