Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Janie Carlton

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure registered nurses' perceptions of clinical ladder programs and to determine what registered nurses consider to be satisfiers in order to keep them at the bedside. Clinical ladder programs reward registered nurses for their advancement in nursing education, nursing research, expert clinical skills, and leadership skills. This study was conducted on 68 post-licensed registered nurses from the ADN to BSN program at Gardner-Webb University. A quantitative descriptive study using an instrument which items measured perceptions of registered nurses' regarding clinical ladder programs was utilized. The results concluded that registered nurses thought autonomy and responsibility within their job was of importance and that advancing in a clinical ladder program was important to use as a role model for newer nurses.

Comments

Master of Science in Nursing Education (variant in the name of the degree).

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