Student Perceptions of Stressors and the Value of Coaching in a Baccalaureate Nursing Articulation Program

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Abstract

Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses (RIBN) is a unique articulation program in North Carolina. The fourth year of RIBN is challenging; students are enrolled as full-time university students while starting part-time employment as new graduate nurses. The aim of this descriptive pilot study was to explore the anticipated and actual stressors related to the fourth year experience and evaluate the impact of monthly coaching sessions. Key stressors identified were academic workload, professional awareness/role transition/workforce adjustment, time management, and obligations to support individuals. The monthly coaching sessions were beneficial in providing a means of debriefing and reframing life events.

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