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Statistical Preparedness of Master’s Degree–Prepared Nurses in the Workplace

Kim, MyoungJin PhD; Hayat, Matthew J. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000125
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Knowledge of statistics is essential for nurses at all degree levels and is needed to read and understand published research, make evidence-based decisions, and critically evaluate research and evaluation findings. Data are needed to properly quantify statistical preparedness for nurse graduates and workplace demands for specific types of statistics knowledge. This work describes results of a pilot study of surveyed master’s degree–prepared nurses. Findings revealed several gaps between statistics education and workplace demands.

Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Kim), Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois; Associate Professor (Dr Hayat), School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Kim, Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University, 111 M Edwards Hall, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790 (

Accepted for publication: November 9, 2014

Published ahead of print: January 8, 2015

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