Background: It is an important and challenging academic activity to examine how professional tertiary programs of study prepare students for practice. This project piloted the viability of an impact evaluation used to compare industry expectations of capability versus students’ self-belief. An impact evaluation has a strong summative emphasis, occurs at the end of a program and considers overall program outcomes. Aim: To assess the viability of an impact evaluation methodology to critically assess whether the Bachelor of Nursing Science curriculum empowers students to meet industry expectations. Design: An impact evaluation methodology supported the assembly of evidence to examine the curriculum versus industry expectations of a graduate nurse. Setting: A regional Australian university. Participants: A convenience sample of BNSc program faculty and a purposive sample of students in their final semester of study in a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree program. Approach: Document analysis of curriculum documents, workshops with faculty and semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with students. University ethics approval was obtained for the student interviews. A palliative care context was chosen for the project as it requires complex care and is supported by documented graduate capabilities.
2015 Learning & Teaching Week: Teaching Visions: Seeing Teaching in New Ways, Sunshine Coast, Australia 14-18 September 2015
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