Lori Escallier and Judith Fullerton
Accelerated second-degree baccalaureate nursing programs are a common feature in schools of nursing, therefore it is essential that schools of nursing examine the attributes of these programs and these graduates as they transition into practice. It was found that accelerated students assume leadership roles in the nursing workforce and benefit from continued peer mentorship post- graduation. Graduates expressed the preference that accelerated students form a separate cohort, rather than being integrated with basic baccalaureate students for upper division nursing courses. Faculty perceived the need for some adaptation of pedagogical approaches that reflect the needs of these more advanced learners.
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