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1-Year Retention Rates and Performance Ratings: Comparing Associate Degree, Baccalaureate, and Accelerated Baccalaureate Degree Nurses

Weathers, Suzanne M. DNP, RN; Raleigh, Edith D. Hunt PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 9 - p 468–474
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a23d9f

The purpose of this study was to examine 1-year retention and managerial performance ratings of newly licensed RNs (NLRNs) according to nursing education program types (associate degree, traditional baccalaureate, and accelerated 2nd degree baccalaureate). Findings revealed retention and performance differences, suggesting the possibility of tradeoffs related to educational program type when selecting NLRNs for open positions.

Author Affiliations: Clinical Assistant Professor (Dr Weathers), McAuley School of Nursing, University of Detroit Mercy; Dean (Dr Raleigh), the Graduate School & Research, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Weathers, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221 (

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