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The purposes of this research were to examine the desirable and present status of the graduates’ attributes of The Royal Thai Navy College of Nursing, as well as to undertake the needs assessment for graduates' ideal attributes. The 326 research samples included 29 nursing instructors, 30 employers purposively selected, 157 nursing students from 1st - 4th year, and 110 graduates from 2017 - 2019 academic year obtained from stratified random sampling. The research instrument was a dual response with 5-point scale needs assessment questionnaires for graduate nurse desired characteristics which were employed and tested for reliability, yielding 0.98 and 0.93 for the desirable and current questions, respectively. The descriptive statistic as well as the Priority Needs Indexes (PNIModified) were examined.
The findings indicated the following:
- The ideal attributes were all at the highest level (Mean = 4.71, SD = 0.30) also their compositions. In accordance with the attributes, moral, ethical, legal, and practical abilities were all at the highest level (Mean = 4.78, SD = 0.31 and Mean = 4.78, SD = 0.37, respectively), followed by the professional and military characteristics (Mean = 4.72, SD = 0.39) but the arithmetic, communication, and ICT were at the lowest level (Mean = 4.64, SD = 0.40).
- The current state of graduates' attributes in total was high (Mean = 3.94, SD = 0.45) and their compositions were similar, as well as their current attributes in moral, ethical, legal, and practical abilities, which were all at the highest level simultaneously (Mean = 4.05, SD = 0.51 and Mean = 4.05, SD = 0.56, respectively), followed by the professional and military characteristics (Mean = 4.01, SD = 0.57), while academic was at the lowest level (Mean = 3.77, SD = 0.57).
- The overall Priority Needs Index (PNIModified) for the development of the graduates' ideal attributes was 0.20, with academic skills ranking first (PNIModified = 0.24), followed by cognitive and research (PNIModified = 0.22), arithmetic, communications, and ICT (PNIModified = 0.20), interpersonal relationship (PNIModified = 0.19), moral, ethical, and legal (PNIModified = 0.18), practical skill (PNIModified = 0.18), and professional and military attributes (PNIModified = 0.18).
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