The data collection is currently ongoing. One of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to measure intangible qualities into a survey. I found a validated workplace readiness questionnaire that has been used in the nursing profession. The primary objective of this research is to look at soft skills, to help us better identify the broader educational needs in the profession, which may lead to better patient care. We may gain an understanding of what is expected from employers, how to provide necessary initial on-the-job training, and what is expected from the athletic training education program. Current report shows some interesting data and we will be analyzing the data soon. My hope is that this pilot study can lead to further awareness and studies in transition to practice in athletic training, and how important it is for us to continue to gather outcome measures of our athletic trainers post graduation for the betterment of our profession.
Denny Wongosari LAT, ATC