Undergraduates' experiences of the post RN BScN program, Karachi, Pakistan
Date of Award
Master of Science in Nursing (MScN)
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
Nursing educational institutions have a major responsibility to promote and deliver nursing education. In Pakistan, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc N) degree will be considered as the minimum qualification for entry into practice after 2020. Therefore, it is necessary to study the components related to nursing education that are critical for the successful implementation of the undergraduate nursing program. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the nursing program. through the experiences of the nurses who have completed the Post RN BSc N program in 2015, from both public and private nursing institutions in Karachi, Pakistan. Methodology: The study was a qualitative descriptive exploratory study which was designed to explore the experiences of the nurses who have completed the Post RN BSc N program in 2015. Purposive sampling was used for data collection; and data was collected from the study participants through a semi- structured interview guide. Data was analyzed through the content analysis method, through which sub-themes and themes emerged. Results: The study participants from a public sector institution highlighted the strengths of the program, such as integration of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice, having graduate qualified faculty, and having appropriate technological and education resources. On the contrary, the majority of the participants from one public and two private sector institutions were concerned about the lack of integration of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice, under qualified faculty with unsatisfactory teaching competencies. inaccessibility to and unavailability of resources, and administrative issues that were negatively impacting their learning experiences. Conclusion: The study provided an insight into components related to nursing education that are critical for the successful implementation on the undergraduate nursing program. It also provided recommendations for stakeholders for improvement in the quality of nursing education by addressing major areas that need attention such as integration of theory into practice, competencies and shortage of the faculty members, and provision of technological and educational resources, and administrative issues.
Ali, L. (2017). Undergraduates' experiences of the post RN BScN program, Karachi, Pakistan (Unpublished doctoral thesis). Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan.