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Survey of Undergraduates: Interest in Nursing Education

  • ID: 4701532
  • Report
  • November 2018
  • Region: Global
  • 107 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This 107-page study presents results of a survey of 1,566 undergraduates at 4-year colleges in the United States about how they view the nursing profession and the personal prospect of studying nursing. The report gives detailed data on interest levels in studies for an RN, and for a Bachelor of Science in nursing as a 4-year undergrad degree as well as a separate data set on students interested in nursing as a second undergraduate degree.  The study also gives a detailed data set on student interest in MA and PHD programs in nursing.

Data in the report is presented in the aggregate for all 1,566 students and broken out by 18 criteria including but not limited to:  gender, age, undergrad major or intended major, ACT/SAT scores, college grades, public/private college status, race/ethnicity, family of origin income level, region of USA or abroad, sexual orientation and other variables.  The data enables nursing school faculty and administration to “drill down” and find out – for example – how strong is demand for a potential undergrad degree in nursing as a second undergrad degree – among students from different regions of the country, or by those in various income levels.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Likely applicants to nursing graduate programs were much more likely to grow up in small rather than large cities, and in rural rather than suburban areas; 3.85% of all students who grew up in rural areas felt that it was highly likely that they would one day apply to a graduate nursing program vs. only 1.63% of those who grew up in major cities with more than 350,000 people and 1.52% of those who grew up in suburban areas.
  • The South and the Midwest accounted for the vast majority of nursing majors in the sample; 4.38% of native Southerners and 5.34% of native Midwesterners were majoring in nursing vs. for example, only 0.68% of students from the Northeast and no foreign-raised students at all.
  • Students with a full time job were enthusiastic about nursing’s purely financial prospects; nearly 84% of them felt the current economic outlook for the nursing profession was good and would stay that way or get better.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE
Characteristics of the Sample
SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Likelihood of applying to any Graduate Nursing Program in the Future
Interest in Taking Courses in Nursing at the Undergraduate Level
Student Views of the Economic Outlook for the Nursing Profession
Interest in Obtaining an RN
Interest in Obtaining a BS in Nursing
Interest in MA or PHD Programs in Nursing

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? 
Table 1.2 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 1.3 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin  
Table 1.4 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 1.5 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 1.6 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 1.7 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 1.8 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 1.9 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 1.10 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 1.11 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 1.12 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 1.13 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 1.14 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 1.15 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 1.16 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 1.17 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?  Survey of Undergraduates:  Interest in Studying Nursing  
Table 1.18 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 1.19 How likely are you to apply to a graduate nursing program at some point in the future? Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans? 
Table 2.1 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level?
Table 2.2 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 2.3 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 2.4 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 2.5 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 2.6 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 2.7 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 2.8 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 2.9 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 2.10 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 2.11 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 2.12 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out for students in public or private colleges 
Table 2.13 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 2.14 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 2.15 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 2.16 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 2.17 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity? 
Table 2.18 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 2.19 How interested are you in taking courses in nursing at the undergraduate level? Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans? 
Table 3.1 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? 
Table 3.2 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 3.3 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 3.4 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 3.5 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 3.6 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 3.7 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 3.8 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 3.9 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 3.10 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
Table 3.11 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 3.12 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out for students in public or private colleges: 
Table 3.13 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 3.14 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 3.15 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 3.16 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 3.17 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity? 
Table 3.18 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 3.19 Which phrase best describes how you view the economic outlook for the nursing profession? Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your postcollege education or work plans?
Table 4 Level of interest in obtaining any of the following: 
Table 4.1.1 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree 
Table 4.1.2 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.1.3 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 4.1.4 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.5 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.1.6 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 4.1.7 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.8 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.9 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.10 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.11 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.12 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out for students in public or private colleges 
Table 4.1.13 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.14 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.15 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.16 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.1.17 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity? 
Table 4.1.18 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 4.1.19 Level of interest in obtaining any registered nurse (RN) degree Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans? 
Table 4.2.1 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree
Table 4.2.2 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.2.3 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 4.2.4 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.5 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.2.6 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 4.2.7 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.8 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.9 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.10 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant  
Table 4.2.11 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.12 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out for students in public or private colleges 
Table 4.2.13 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.14 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.15 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.16 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.2.17 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity? 
Table 4.2.18 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 4.2.19 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans? 
Table 4.3.1 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree) 
Table 4.3.2 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.3.3 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 4.3.4 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 4.3.5 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.3.6 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 4.3.7 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.8 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.9 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.10 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.11 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.12 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out for students in public or private colleges 
Table 4.3.13 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.14 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
Table 4.3.15 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.16 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.3.17 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity? 
Table 4.3.18 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 4.3.19 Level of interest in obtaining any Bachelor of Science in nursing (as a second undergrad degree): Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans? 
Table 4.4.1 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing 
Table 4.4.2 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.4.3 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 4.4.4 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.5 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.4.6 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 4.4.7 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.8 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.9 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.10 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.11 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.12 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out for students in public or private colleges 
Table 4.4.13 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.14 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.15 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.16 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.4.17 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity?  
Table 4.4.18 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 4.4.19 Level of interest in obtaining any Master of Science in nursing: Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans? 
Table 4.5.1 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing 
Table 4.5.2 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by age of survey participant 
Table 4.5.3 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin 
Table 4.5.4 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out regional origins of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.5 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by college year class standing 
Table 4.5.6 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by approximate student family annual income 
Table 4.5.7 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.8 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.9 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by college grades of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.10 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.11 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by gender of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.12 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out for students in public or private colleges 
Table 4.5.13 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.14 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.15 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.16 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant 
Table 4.5.17 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by which phrase best describes your racial or ethnic identity? 
Table 4.5.18 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by what do you expect will be your total accumulated student loan debt when you graduate your undergraduate institution? 
Table 4.5.19 Level of interest in obtaining a doctoral degree in nursing: Broken out by roughly about how sure of yourself are you of your post-college education or work plans?   

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