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A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF PREDICTING CERTIFICATION AND PROGRAM COMPLETION SUCCESS IN A SAMPLE OF REGISTERED NURSING STUDENTS

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2009
Summary:
Nursing shortages are a real concern in today's world. Nursing programs play a pivotal role in helping to solve the nursing shortage by graduating successful nursing students. What are the characteristics of a successful nursing student? The purpose of this study was to investigate a risk profile of nursing students within a nursing program. The participants in the study were comprised of two different nursing classes that attended a college in a rural area of North Florida. The risk profile included 25 discrete demographic and academic learner entry characteristics of these participants. This retrospective study utilized archival data collected from academic records. There were five independent variables within the study: prerequisite information (admit grade point average [GPA] and Nurse Entrance Exam Test [NET] score), remedial coursework, nursing course failures and grades, nursing GPA, and cumulative GPA. The independent variables were compared to the dependent variables of successful completion of the nursing program and successful first attempt at the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Correlational analyses yielded the following: as the NET scores increased, the likelihood of success in the program decreased, and as the need for remedial coursework increased, the likelihood of success in the program decreased as well. In terms of nursing coursework, most first-year nursing classes demonstrated a positive correlation and, most second-year nursing classes demonstrated a negative correlation in terms of success in the program and on the NCLEX-RN. Furthermore, as the nursing course failures increased, nursing GPA decreased, and the chances of success in the program or on the NCLEX-RN also decreased. With regard to the cumulative GPA, as the GPA went down, the chances of success in the program and on the NCLEX-RN increased. In comparing the successful versus the unsuccessful group of students, the NET scores and the nursing grade point average were lower for unsuccessful students.
Title: A DESCRIPTIVE STUDY OF PREDICTING CERTIFICATION AND PROGRAM COMPLETION SUCCESS IN A SAMPLE OF REGISTERED NURSING STUDENTS.
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Name(s): Lipford, Karen Denise, Author
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Summary: Nursing shortages are a real concern in today's world. Nursing programs play a pivotal role in helping to solve the nursing shortage by graduating successful nursing students. What are the characteristics of a successful nursing student? The purpose of this study was to investigate a risk profile of nursing students within a nursing program. The participants in the study were comprised of two different nursing classes that attended a college in a rural area of North Florida. The risk profile included 25 discrete demographic and academic learner entry characteristics of these participants. This retrospective study utilized archival data collected from academic records. There were five independent variables within the study: prerequisite information (admit grade point average [GPA] and Nurse Entrance Exam Test [NET] score), remedial coursework, nursing course failures and grades, nursing GPA, and cumulative GPA. The independent variables were compared to the dependent variables of successful completion of the nursing program and successful first attempt at the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Correlational analyses yielded the following: as the NET scores increased, the likelihood of success in the program decreased, and as the need for remedial coursework increased, the likelihood of success in the program decreased as well. In terms of nursing coursework, most first-year nursing classes demonstrated a positive correlation and, most second-year nursing classes demonstrated a negative correlation in terms of success in the program and on the NCLEX-RN. Furthermore, as the nursing course failures increased, nursing GPA decreased, and the chances of success in the program or on the NCLEX-RN also decreased. With regard to the cumulative GPA, as the GPA went down, the chances of success in the program and on the NCLEX-RN increased. In comparing the successful versus the unsuccessful group of students, the NET scores and the nursing grade point average were lower for unsuccessful students.
Identifier: WFE0000170 (IID), uwf:60806 (fedora)
Note(s): Ed.D.
Department of Professional and Community Leadership
Doctorate
Subject(s): NCLEX-RN success, registered nursing students, program completion of nursing students
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Host Institution: UWF

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