A Comparison of Second-degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-baccalaureate New Graduate RNs: Implications for the Workforce

The purpose of this study was to describe the differences between traditional baccalaureate graduates (TBGs) who had a baccalaureate degree in nursing and no other academic degree or diploma and second-degree-baccalaureate graduates (SDGs) who had both a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field other than nursing. Using a sample of 953 newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs), we compared SDGs and TBGs on demographic and work characteristics, including attitudes toward work, intent to stay in their current job, and whether they are searching for a job. TBGs worked slightly more hours per week and were more likely to provide direct care. SDGs were more likely to plan to stay indefinitely in their first job and were less uncertain of plans to stay. SDGs experienced higher family–work conflict and lower workgroup cohesion.


Brewer, C. S., Kovner, C. T., Poornima, S., Fairchild, S., Kim, H., & Djukic, M.

Journal of Professional Nursing, 25(1), 5-14. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2007.12.003

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