Understanding the differences between second-degree baccalaureate graduates (SDGs) who had a baccalaureate degree in another field other than nursing, and a baccalaureate degree in nursing and traditional-baccalaureate graduates (TBGs) who only have a baccalaureate degree in nursing will help organizations better serve each RN population. Service payback requirements and financial support can be designed with the specific, unique characteristic of each group in mind.
This study surveyed a group of 953 newly-licensed registered nurses (NLRNs). Sixty geographic regions in 35 states were represented. Each of the NLRNs surveyed had been licensed from five to 18 months prior to the survey.
- Compared to TBGs, SDGs were more likely to be male, non-White, married and have children living at home.
- SDGs were more often in management positions.
- TBGs more likely worked full-time and in a position that required an RN license.
- There was little different between TBGs’ and SDGs’ attitudes toward work.
This article provides evidence that some significant difference exists between SDGs and TBGs and where future research can contribute to better understanding each group’s impact on the RN workforce.
- 1. Newly Licensed RNs' Characteristics, Work Attitudes, and Intentions to Work
- 2. Addressing the Complexities of Survey Research
- 3. A Comparison of Second-Degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-Baccalaureate New Graduate RNs
- 4. Understanding New Registered Nurses' Intent to Stay at Their Jobs
- 5. The Nursing Career Process from Application Through the First 2 Years of Employment
- 6. What Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Have to Say about Their First Experiences
- 7. Moving on, Up, or Out
- 8. New Nurses Views of Quality Improvement Education
- 9. Newly Licensed RNs Describe What They Like Best about Being a Nurse
- 10. Early Career RNs' Perceptions of Quality Care in the Hospital Setting
- 11. Commuting to Work
- 12. Work Environment Factors Other Than Staffing Associated with Nurses' Ratings of Patient Care Quality
- 13. The Relative Geographic Immobility of New Registered Nurses Calls for New Strategies to Augment that Workforce
- 14. Predictors of Actual Turnover in a National Sample of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals
- 15. Charting the Course for Nurses' Achievement of Higher Education Levels
- 16. Verbal Abuse From Nurse Colleagues and Work Environment of Early Career Registered Nurses
- 17. Early-Career Registered Nurses' Participation in Hospital Quality Improvement Activities
- 18. Positive Work Environments of Early-Career Registered Nurses and the Correlation with Physician Verbal Abuse