Nursing students' expectations of the college experience

Leehu Zysberg, Anna Zisberg

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Nursing students' expectations of college have not received much attention in the empirical literature. These expectations may be important in better understanding nurses' motivations, role acquisition, and academic and professional success. The first study discussed in this article examined the reliability and construct validity of an instrument designed to assess students' (N = 95) expectations of their college experience. The results indicate good reliability and validity. The second study discussed in this article examined differences in expectations, comparing nursing and non-nursing students (N = 160) in an urban college setting. The results suggest expectations emphasizing practical and professional aspects (i.e., acquiring a profession, earning more money), followed by self-betterment and social life expectations. Nursing students differed from non-nursing students by reporting higher self-betterment and professional expectations but lower academic expectations. Implications for application and further research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-395
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Nursing


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