Focus Groups with Diverse High School Students Used for Program Evaluation Dr. Astrid H. Wilson Kennesaw State University Dr. Susan Sanner Clayton State University Dr. Lydia McAllister Seattle University
Benefits of the Academic Enhancement Program (AEP)
Understanding the Role of the Nurse Through Real Life Experiences
Nursing as a Career Path
Barriers and Challenges Encountered in the AEP
Developing Life Skills
9 sub-themes emerged with the above themes
1- Benefits of the Academic Enhancement Program
Sub-theme: Improving Academics
… I enjoyed the biology camp because I admit that I was not doing well in Biology; I had C’s both semesters and it was boring and our teacher was lame so I can’t believe I liked Biology when I came and did this.
… I learned some things I didn’t know, such as algebra problems that I didn’t learn when I was in algebra, so that helped me out and I had a better understanding of it.
I hated geometry in class [high school], but the Geometry class we had here [summer camp] was fun because of the computers and stuff.
Sub-theme: Transitioning from High School to College
… since I came through this program, college won’t seem so overwhelming since I know what to look for.
… this program gives you and idea of what to expect, that college
is more interesting and bigger than high school, so you kind of get
a feel of what you have to deal with when you go to college.
… looking at other people come in and study at their study groups,
it made me realize that you are going to study. I know I’m not going to be able to go to college and just get away it. I’m going to have to use other resources.
We got to dissect the rat and owl pellets. That was a lot of fun. …we got some college experience just the way that the people were with us …It was more grown up.
1: Benefits of the Academic Enhancement Program
2: Understanding the Role of the Nurse Through Real Life Experiences
… shadowing a nurse was fun because you go to interact with patients. You got to do basically what a nurse does and while I was there, I actually got to experience two codes.
… with my nurse, I was on the 5th floor and I remember that my nurse was wonderful. It opened my eyes just for the fact that it was real. We did more than what we did in the intern class. Basically, I thought it was good because it gave us some real good hands-on experience and it didn’t sugar coat anything. It was real stuff!
… because I want to be a doctor and I wanted to work in the E.R. and I found out that I was shadowing a nurse that had the same name as me and worked in the E.R., I was there with the people and there was blood. I found out that I really liked it and that it is something that I can do.
I was in NICU and I didn’t really enjoy it because that‘s not where I wanted to go….but it was a good experience.
… my view of nursing changed a little bit because I was just going to college and major in some type of science, but now I’m thinking of majoring in nursing and then going to medical school and become a trauma surgeon, but this way, I can have something to fall back on if I change my mind. You can’t really fall back on a chemistry degree, unless I decide to teach chemistry or something. So it made me realize and then when I go into medical school I actually know something about medicine and not just chemistry
… everything has changed for me since I was in the program. I wanted to be a doctor and I still want to be a doctor, but I’ve decided to get my nursing degree and then go to medical school.
4: Barriers and Challenges Encountered in the AEP
Subtheme: Seeking Assistance
… it was difficult to get help sometimes because everyone wanted the help with the same subject and there was only one tutor. You really couldn’t get help until they made the hours more flexible and get more tutors.
… I take anatomy and physiology, but they didn’t have any tutors for that subject.
Subtheme: The Benefits of Becoming Culturally Competent
She [Dr. Josie] was spectacular. You guys need to bring her back because she was amazing and I think her whole presentation was captivating because it was also informative but it was very entertaining and she was just so real
She [Dr.Josie] was very interesting, she didn’t just stand at the podium and talk and lecture, she interacted with the audience.”
… I really related to her on many different levels because she’s mixed with different races and so am I, so I was like she was cool.
My mom love it, she was like you [grant faculty] people need to have more things like this.
… I’ve never had a job, so, I always had money but it was coming from my parents, but now I have my own and I have to watch how I spend it because I know it could be gone real easy if I just spend it on things I want and don’t really have to have.