High School Students’ Experiences in an Early Entry to University Course at an Australian Regional University

Masters Thesis


Elliott, Jessica. 2023. High School Students’ Experiences in an Early Entry to University Course at an Australian Regional University. Masters Thesis Master of Science (Research) . University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z1wq7
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High School Students’ Experiences in an Early Entry to University Course at an Australian Regional University

TypeMasters Thesis
AuthorsElliott, Jessica
Supervisor
1. FirstProf Sonya Osborne
2. SecondA/Pr Lisa Beccaria
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameMaster of Science (Research)
Number of Pages219
Year2023
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z1wq7
Abstract

In most health systems, nurses serve as the "front line" workforce. A decrease in the nursing workforce jeopardises efficient and effective healthcare systems. Poor patient outcomes may arise from this shortage, emphasising the importance of maintaining a strong nursing workforce. Recruiting students to higher education is an important process for all universities and is a significant strategy for increasing the number of qualified Registered Nurses to contribute to health care delivery. Australian universities are experiencing difficulties of their own with a decrease in retention and increase in attrition. Improving the transition experience, reducing attrition, and increasing graduation rates is fundamental to contribute to the future nursing workforce. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and perceptions of high school students in a nursing related early entry to university subject. This was aimed to better understand influencing factors and consequently use this understanding to inform the development of strategies that might best support transition to and retention in higher education. This study was guided by Tinto’s Student Integration Model. Six participants were recruited from a large regional university in Australia. Data from semi-structured interviews were analysed using a qualitative descriptive and reflexive thematic analysis approach, in accordance with Braun and Clarke’s six phases. Four main themes were generated: (1) making adjustments, (2) getting a taste of university, (3) discovering self and (4) empowering independence. The key themes hold an important ii relationship with ensuring high school students are prepared and have a smooth transition to higher education, promoting retention in tertiary education, degree completion and a contribution to our declining nursing workforce.

KeywordsEarly entry to university; Qualitative; HeadStart; Tinto’s Student Integration Model; nursing; high school
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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