Title

National Graduate Nursing Survey: Chronic Disease, Symptoms and Self-Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-1-2015

Publication Title

Clinical Scholars Review

DOI

10.1891/1939-2095.8.2.172

ISSN

1939-2109

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to compare graduate nursing students' self-perceived knowledge with actual knowledge of chronic disease, symptom, and self-management through a psychometrically reliable and valid 45-item objective examination. Methodology included three separate e-mail communications to more than 800 U.S.-based graduate nursing school or program chairs, deans, or directors encouraging their student participation. Two hundred and fifty respondents provided demographic information from the survey, and 120 graduate nurses completed the survey in its entirety to include a self-perceived knowledge evaluation and objective examination. Graduate nurses in their last year of academic preparation were targeted in both master's- and doctoral-level course work. The results showed an overall mean score of less than 70% pass rate from the psychometrically valid and reliable objective examination and no statistical difference between graduate nursing student self-perceived knowledge from actual knowledge.

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