Enrolled Nurse transition: Development of a university science preparation program for direct entry to 2nd year

David van Reyk, Patricia Logan, Jennifer Cox, Judith Salvage-Jones, Judith Anderson, Elspeth Hillman, Amy Johnston

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Enrolled Nurses (EN) seeking to upgrade their qualification to Registered Nurse(RN) are commonly given direct entry into the second year of university preregistration nursing degrees. This typically results in enrolment into science subjects including pathophysiology and pharmacology with the assumption thatstudents have undertaken the requisite foundational content as part of theirVocational Education and Training (VET) diploma. However, many of these students experience an education gap after completing their program and/or work in specialist units such as mental health. This paper reports on the development of website designed by a multisite team of experts to fill this gap and so support EN transitioning to university. The website includes modules which cover the chemistry, biology and anatomy & physiology judged to be requisite knowledge for effective engagement with pathophysiology and pharmacology subjects. This site will be piloted with nursing students at the partner institutions and subsequently made publicly available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of STARS Conference 2017
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2017
EventStudents Transitions Achievement Retention & Success (STARS) Conference 2017: STARS 2017 - Stamford Grand, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 02 Jul 201705 Jul 2017
https://web.archive.org/web/20170625050600/http://unistars.org/ (Conference website)
http://unistars.org/papers/STARS2017.pdf (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceStudents Transitions Achievement Retention & Success (STARS) Conference 2017
OtherThe STARS conference provides the opportunity to disseminate and discuss current research, good practice, emerging initiatives and leading edge ideas that are aimed at enhancing students’ tertiary learning experiences.
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