Perspective transformation in RN-to-BSN distance education.J Nurs Educ. 2001 Oct; 40(7):317-22.JN
This study examines perspective transformation (or professional resocialization) in RN-to-BSN students obtaining their degree by distance education. A socialization scale was used to compare newly admitted and graduating RN-to-BSN students who had taken their courses onsite, by distance education, or a mixture of the two methods. The scores of entering and graduating RN-to-BSN students also were compared to those of graduates from the generic program to identify if program and experience are factors in scores achieved. Results indicate that all BSN graduates had significantly higher scores than the diploma-prepared nurses entering the RN-to-BSN program. RN-to-BSN graduates who had used distance education had the highest scores, followed by the onsite RN-to-BSN students. Students who had taken a mixture of distance and onsite courses had scores similar to those of generic program graduates. Experience and full-time employment status were significantly associated with higher scores among graduating RN-to-BSN students. Implications for nurse educators working with RN-to-BSN students who use distance education are discussed.