The GRIND Project: Get Ready to Initiate a Nursing Degree

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Abstract

Numbers of students who declare a prenursing major and who enter a nursing program are vastly different. The GRIND (Get Ready to Initiate a Nursing Degree) research project, which operated for 3-week sessions from 2011 to 2015, exposed students to the nursing career through hospital tours and human simulation while instructing in study skills, dosage calculation, and standardized test preparation. Participants’ understanding of nursing improved, and most felt at least somewhat to extremely prepared for nursing after participation. Student success in nursing is predicated on the tools learners acquire; investment in prenursing programs adds to student success.

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