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

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/316847
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Factors Influencing Retention of 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, email: bkkern@mckendree.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Friday, April 4, 2014

 Background.  RN-to-BSN nursing programs fulfill a needed link to the BSN degree for nurses who hold associate degrees or diploma degrees.  Although 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 the measure of 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’s (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.  Although all of the factors were found to be supportive, environmental factors were the least supportive and support from family and friends factors were found to 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:
Nursing; RN-to-BSN; Retention
Repository Posting Date:
13-May-2014
Date of Publication:
13-May-2014
Conference Date:
2014
Conference Name:
Nursing Education Research Conference 2014
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing; National League of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Nursing Education Research Conference 2014 Theme: Nursing Education Research, held in Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryFull-texten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFactors Influencing Retention of 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, email: bkkern@mckendree.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/316847-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Friday, April 4, 2014</p><b> Background.</b>  RN-to-BSN nursing programs fulfill a needed link to the BSN degree for nurses who hold associate degrees or diploma degrees.  Although 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.  </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 the measure of 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. <p><b>Theoretical Framework.</b>  Jeffreys’s (2004) nursing undergraduate retention and success (NURS) model, a conceptual framework, was used to guide the study. <p><b>Methods.  </b>A non-experimental, descriptive, comparison design was used.  Analysis was completed by descriptive techniques, and comparisons were made using independent <i>t</i>-tests. <p><b>Results.</b>  Although all of the factors were found to be supportive, environmental factors were the least supportive and support from family and friends factors were found to 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.subjectNursingen_GB
dc.subjectRN-to-BSNen_GB
dc.subjectRetentionen_GB
dc.date.available2014-05-13T16:43:52Z-
dc.date.issued2014-05-13-
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-13T16:43:52Z-
dc.conference.date2014en_GB
dc.conference.nameNursing Education Research Conference 2014en_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.hostNational League of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.descriptionNursing Education Research Conference 2014 Theme: Nursing Education Research, held in Hyatt Regency Indianapolisen_GB
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