Date of Award

1990

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

David A. England

Abstract

This case study described the perceptions of participants during an orientation program in two urban hospitals. The conceptual framework of the study is based on the social systems theory of administration by Getzels and Guba (1957). Four propositions were used to guide interviews and observations for data collection. Data analysis was accomplished by the pattern matching technique described by Yin (1984). The study propositions were supported by the data. The participants of the study included new graduates and experienced nurses. The institutions involved and their orientation programs were perceived in a positive manner by the participants. Orientation instructors were perceived as the most impressive component of the programs at each institution. A model for designing orientation programs was developed as a result of the study. Elements and findings of the case study were used. Implications for further study should be of interest to staff development personnel, curriculum planners, and employee relations personnel.

Pages

413

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