A Comparison of Second-Degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-Baccalaureate New Graduate RNs

Implications for the Workforce

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.

Key Findings:

  • 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.

The RN Work Project

  1. 1. Newly Licensed RNs' Characteristics, Work Attitudes, and Intentions to Work
  2. 2. Addressing the Complexities of Survey Research
  3. 3. A Comparison of Second-Degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-Baccalaureate New Graduate RNs
  4. 4. Understanding New Registered Nurses' Intent to Stay at Their Jobs
  5. 5. The Nursing Career Process from Application Through the First 2 Years of Employment
  6. 6. What Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Have to Say about Their First Experiences
  7. 7. Moving on, Up, or Out
  8. 8. Generational Differences Among Newly Licensed Registered Nurses
  9. 9. New Nurses Views of Quality Improvement Education
  10. 10. Newly Licensed RNs Describe What They Like Best about Being a Nurse
  11. 11. Early Career RNs' Perceptions of Quality Care in the Hospital Setting
  12. 12. Commuting to Work
  13. 13. State Mandatory Overtime Regulations and Newly Licensed Nurses' Mandatory and Voluntary Overtime and Total Work Hours
  14. 14. Work Environment Factors Other Than Staffing Associated with Nurses' Ratings of Patient Care Quality
  15. 15. The Relative Geographic Immobility of New Registered Nurses Calls for New Strategies to Augment that Workforce
  16. 16. Predictors of Actual Turnover in a National Sample of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals
  17. 17. Charting the Course for Nurses' Achievement of Higher Education Levels
  18. 18. Verbal Abuse From Nurse Colleagues and Work Environment of Early Career Registered Nurses
  19. 19. Early-Career Registered Nurses' Participation in Hospital Quality Improvement Activities
  20. 20. Positive Work Environments of Early-Career Registered Nurses and the Correlation with Physician Verbal Abuse