Desirable Characteristics among Graduate Nurses of Rajabhat University in the A.D. 2020s
Keywords:desirable characteristics, graduate nurses, Rajabhat University, decade A.D. 2020s
Introduction The challenges of globalization towards Thai higher education has affected the production of professional nurses with academic and professional abilities according to the identity of Rajabhat University for local development. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the composition and desirable characteristics of Rajabhat nursing graduates to respond to social change, labor market, and expectations of service clients and graduate users.
Research Objectives This study aimed to examine desirable characteristics among graduate nurses of Rajabhat University in the A.D. 2020s (A.D.2020-2030).
Research Methodology The study was future research using the Delphi Technique and collecting data from the opinions of 20 administrators and nursing instructors. All were knowledgeable and experienced in educational management of nursing curriculum. The participants included 4 nursing education administrators, 5 nursing instructors from Rajabhat University, 5 nursing instructors from a government university, 3 nursing instructors from a private university, and 3 nursing instructors from the Police Nursing College. The study consisted of three steps: Step 1: conduct semi-structured interviews with experts; Step 2: analyze the essence of the data and create a questionnaire to allow the experts to comment on the level of importance of desirable sub-graduate attributes in each component, and Step 3: use expert opinion to calculate the median and interquartile range to summarize research results. Results Results showed that desirable characteristics of Rajabhat nursing graduates in the 2020s (2020-2030) consisted of 6 elements and 58 sub-elements: 1) attitude towards the profession 11 items; 2) personal characteristics 10 items; 3) institution identity 7 items; 4) knowledge and competence 16 items; 5) digital technology skills 5 items; and 6) professional skills 9 items. All items were found to have a median value of 4.00 and above. And a group of experts had consistent opinions. The interquartile range was not more than 1.00, and the data were found to change by 6.63%. Conclusion This study reflects the desirable characteristics of future Rajabhat nursing graduates to further develop nursing students to have such characteristics.
Implications for practice The administrators of the Rajabhat University Institute of Nursing can use the results of this study to formulate policies for developing nursing students to have desirable graduate characteristics of Rajabhat University.
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