NURSING 911: an orientation program to improve retention of online RN-BSN students.

Abstract

This article describes the implementation and evaluation of an eight-hour, comprehensive, face-to-face orientation program designed to improve student retention in a newly developed online RN to BSN program. A total of 179 newly enrolled RN to BSN students participated in the orientation program and evaluated the process. Student attrition decreased from 20 percent to less than 1 percent after the orientation program was extended and improved to include a technology assessment and an online practice course. A quality online program requires a well-designed orientation that includes technological assessments and hands-on, active participation by the learner. The newly improved and designed course has become effective in student retention and transition into the online learning environment.

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@article{Gilmore2012NURSING9A, title={NURSING 911: an orientation program to improve retention of online RN-BSN students.}, author={Melanie Gilmore and Evadna M Lyons}, journal={Nursing education perspectives}, year={2012}, volume={33 1}, pages={45-7} }