Factors Influencing Retention among Students in an RN-to-BSN Program

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/291007
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Factors Influencing Retention among Students in an RN-to-BSN Program
Author(s):
Kern, Brelinda Kaye
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Epsilon Eta
Author Details:
Brelinda Kaye Kern, PhD, RN, bkkern@mckendree.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Abstract 

Background.  RN-to-BSN nursing programs fulfill a needed link to the BSN degree for nurses who hold associate degrees or diploma degrees.  While enrollment rates are currently on the rise for all nursing programs retention remains an issue. Improving retention in nursing education, particularly RN-to-BSN programs, will help meet the demands for increasing numbers of BSN educated nurses.

Purpose.  The purpose of this study was to describe factors that restricted or promoted retention among RN-to-BSN students and examine if there was a difference in these factors between a group of senior students who were retained and a group of junior students who were at risk for attrition, with the overall goal to provide guidance for strategies to facilitate nursing student retention.  The descriptive values for environmental factors, institutional interaction and integration factors, personal academic factors, college academic facilities factors, and friend support factors among a sample of RN-to-BSN students as well as rank order of the means scores were examined. The means scores for each factor were tested for significance between junior and senior students.

Theoretical Framework.  Jeffreys’ (2004) nursing undergraduate retention and success (NURS) model, a conceptual framework, was used to guide the study. 

Methods.  A non-experimental, descriptive, comparison design was used.  Analysis was completed by descriptive techniques and comparisons were made using independent t-tests. 

Results.  No significance was found between junior status students and senior status students for five factors of retention.  While all of the factors were found to be supportive, environmental factors were the least supportive and support from family and friends factors were the most supportive.

Conclusion: More studies are needed focused on the RN-to-BSN student population to validate the findings of this study related to factors that restrict and support retention among this population so strategies can be developed to address the issues.

Keywords:
Retention; Nursing; RN-to-BSN
Repository Posting Date:
13-May-2013
Date of Publication:
13-May-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
Creating Healthy Work Environments
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Creating Healthy Work Environments. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolis

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dc.type.categoryFull-texten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFactors Influencing Retention among Students in an RN-to-BSN Programen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKern, Brelinda Kayeen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentEpsilon Etaen_GB
dc.author.detailsBrelinda Kaye Kern, PhD, RN, bkkern@mckendree.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/291007-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on Saturday, April 13, 2013</p><b>Abstract</b><b>&nbsp;</b><p><b>Background.</b>&nbsp; RN-to-BSN nursing programs fulfill a needed link to the BSN degree for nurses who hold associate degrees or diploma degrees.&nbsp; While enrollment rates are currently on the rise for all nursing programs retention remains an issue. Improving retention in nursing education, particularly RN-to-BSN programs, will help meet the demands for increasing numbers of BSN educated nurses.<b> </b><p><b>Purpose.&nbsp; </b>The purpose of this study was to describe factors that restricted or promoted retention among RN-to-BSN students and examine if there was a difference in these factors between a group of senior students who were retained and a group of junior students who were at risk for attrition, with the overall goal to provide guidance for strategies to facilitate nursing student retention.&nbsp; The descriptive values for environmental&nbsp;factors, institutional interaction and integration factors, personal academic factors, college academic facilities factors, and friend support factors among a sample of RN-to-BSN students as well as rank order of the means scores were examined. The means scores for each factor were tested for significance between junior and senior students. <p><b>Theoretical Framework.</b> &nbsp;Jeffreys&rsquo; (2004) nursing undergraduate retention and success (NURS) model, a conceptual framework, was used to guide the study.&nbsp; <p><b>Methods. &nbsp;</b>A non-experimental, descriptive, comparison design was used.&nbsp; Analysis was completed by descriptive techniques and comparisons were made using independent <i>t</i>-tests.&nbsp; <p><b>Results. </b>&nbsp;No<b> </b>significance was found between junior status students and senior status students for five factors of retention.&nbsp; While all of the factors were found to be supportive, environmental factors were the least supportive and support from family and friends factors were the most supportive. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>More studies are needed focused on the RN-to-BSN student population to validate the findings of this study related to factors that restrict and support retention among this population so strategies can be developed to address the issues.en_GB
dc.subjectRetentionen_GB
dc.subjectNursingen_GB
dc.subjectRN-to-BSNen_GB
dc.date.available2013-05-13T10:26:14Z-
dc.date.issued2013-05-13-
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-13T10:26:14Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.nameCreating Healthy Work Environmentsen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionCreating Healthy Work Environments. Held at the JW Marriott, Indianapolisen_GB
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