An evaluation of an attendance monitoring system for undergraduate nursing students

Doyle, L. and O'Brien, F. and Timmins, F. and Tobin, G. and O'Rourke, F. and Doherty, L. (2008) An evaluation of an attendance monitoring system for undergraduate nursing students. pp. 129-139. ISSN 14715953 (ISSN)

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Internationally the preparation and ongoing education of nurses continues to evolve in response the changing nature of both nursing and health care. The move into third level structures that has taken place in countries such as the UK and the Republic of Ireland, results in new challenges to the historical fabric of nurse education. One such challenge is monitoring of nursing students' attendance. Viewed by students as a patriarchal and draconian measure, the nursing profession historically value their ability to ensure the public and professional bodies that nursing students fully engage with educational programmes. University class sizes and the increased perception of student autonomy can negate against formalised monitoring systems. This paper reports on an evaluation of one such monitoring system. The findings revealed that attendance was recognised implicitly by nurse educators as an important learning activity within these programmes results and that current methods employed were less than reliable and so did little to appropriately control the phenomenon. Subsequent to the evaluation; a standardised approach to the measurement of absenteeism was employed. Deliberate short-term absence was a feature of this group. Reasons cited included travelling long distances, dissatisfaction with programme timetables and personal reasons. Preventative measures employed included improvement in student timetable delivery. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Absenteeism; Education; Nurse; Student; article; curriculum; health; health care quality; human; information processing; Ireland; methodology; nursing education; nursing evaluation research; nursing student; organization and management; psychological aspect; questionnaire; social control; standard; statistics; United Kingdom; Education, Nursing; Faculty, Nursing; Great Britain; Humans; Nursing Education Research; Program Evaluation; Questionnaires; Records as Topic; Schools, Nursing; Social Control, Formal; Social Control, Informal; Students, Nursing; World Health
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