Retaining the Online RN to BSN Nursing Student: Does Instructor Immediacy Matter?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/620297
Category:
Full-text
Type:
Poster
Title:
Retaining the Online RN to BSN Nursing Student: Does Instructor Immediacy Matter?
Author(s):
DellAntonio, Jennifer K.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Jennifer K. DellAntonio, RN, CNE, JKD1313@lhup.edu
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, September 19, 2016: The academic success and retention of nursing students has gained increased attention as the United States endures the most severe nursing shortage in history. While there is a need for greater numbers of registered nurses in general, there is a specific need to increase the baccalaureate prepared nurse to 80 percent by 2020 (AACN, 2008; IOM, 2011). In response to meeting this current educational need, the growth of online RN-to-BSN nursing programs fulfills this demand. Improving retention in these particular programs will help meet the demands for increasing numbers of BSN-educated nurses. Leadership in nursing education programs are under considerable pressure to recruit, retain, and expand enrollment of students in baccalaureate programs in nursing. Therefore it is imperative that nursing faculty gain understanding of variables impacting online student success and retention. Developing effective online interaction has become a major challenge for nurse educators. �Research data suggests one major reason for low retention rates is lack of instructor immediacy. Immediacy refers to communication behaviors that increase social and psychological closeness between people (Mehrabian, 1971). While instructor immediacy in traditional classes has been shown to motivate and retain students, create a sense of connection, and support their learning and success, it is not known whether or how immediacy can improve retention rates or success in a fully online nursing program. This study seeks to determine if perceived nurse educator?s immediacy behaviors can impact retention rates among RN to BSN students in a web-based program. The sample population was taken from Lock Haven University, Clearfield, Pennsylvania targeting the online RN to BSN program nursing students. Instrument: The Jeffreys (2004) Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success (NURS) conceptual model provided the framework for this descriptive correlational study. In addition, Corona?s immediacy survey along with demographics question set was included. The overall survey used a 6?point Likert scale, ranging form ?strongly agree? to ?strongly disagree?. The research questions investigated in the study focused on online instructor immediacy as it relates to praise (words of approval), encouragement (words of support) and examples provided, such as, �during assignment feedback, in email and discussion posts.� Results: Preliminary data suggests instructor immediacy such as praise and encouragement through emails or assignment feedback impacted student?s decision to complete the BSN. �Data is currently being collected on this project. The findings will provide faculty with a better understanding of online course management and implement teaching/learning strategies that may increase retention and improve student success with online learning.
Keywords:
Student Retention; Instructor Immediacy; Online Learning
Repository Posting Date:
16-Sep-2016
Date of Publication:
16-Sep-2016
Other Identifiers:
LEAD16PST119
Conference Date:
2016
Conference Name:
Leadership Connection 2016
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
Leadership Connection 2016 Theme: Personal. Professional. Global. Held at the Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis.

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titleRetaining the Online RN to BSN Nursing Student: Does Instructor Immediacy Matter?en
dc.contributor.authorDellAntonio, Jennifer K.en
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsJennifer K. DellAntonio, RN, CNE, JKD1313@lhup.eduen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/620297-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, September 19, 2016: The academic success and retention of nursing students has gained increased attention as the United States endures the most severe nursing shortage in history. While there is a need for greater numbers of registered nurses in general, there is a specific need to increase the baccalaureate prepared nurse to 80 percent by 2020 (AACN, 2008; IOM, 2011). In response to meeting this current educational need, the growth of online RN-to-BSN nursing programs fulfills this demand. Improving retention in these particular programs will help meet the demands for increasing numbers of BSN-educated nurses. Leadership in nursing education programs are under considerable pressure to recruit, retain, and expand enrollment of students in baccalaureate programs in nursing. Therefore it is imperative that nursing faculty gain understanding of variables impacting online student success and retention. Developing effective online interaction has become a major challenge for nurse educators. �Research data suggests one major reason for low retention rates is lack of instructor immediacy. Immediacy refers to communication behaviors that increase social and psychological closeness between people (Mehrabian, 1971). While instructor immediacy in traditional classes has been shown to motivate and retain students, create a sense of connection, and support their learning and success, it is not known whether or how immediacy can improve retention rates or success in a fully online nursing program. This study seeks to determine if perceived nurse educator?s immediacy behaviors can impact retention rates among RN to BSN students in a web-based program. The sample population was taken from Lock Haven University, Clearfield, Pennsylvania targeting the online RN to BSN program nursing students. Instrument: The Jeffreys (2004) Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success (NURS) conceptual model provided the framework for this descriptive correlational study. In addition, Corona?s immediacy survey along with demographics question set was included. The overall survey used a 6?point Likert scale, ranging form ?strongly agree? to ?strongly disagree?. The research questions investigated in the study focused on online instructor immediacy as it relates to praise (words of approval), encouragement (words of support) and examples provided, such as, �during assignment feedback, in email and discussion posts.� Results: Preliminary data suggests instructor immediacy such as praise and encouragement through emails or assignment feedback impacted student?s decision to complete the BSN. �Data is currently being collected on this project. The findings will provide faculty with a better understanding of online course management and implement teaching/learning strategies that may increase retention and improve student success with online learning.en
dc.subjectStudent Retentionen
dc.subjectInstructor Immediacyen
dc.subjectOnline Learningen
dc.date.available2016-09-16T14:23:57Z-
dc.date.issued2016-09-16-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-16T14:23:57Z-
dc.conference.date2016en
dc.conference.nameLeadership Connection 2016en
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen
dc.descriptionLeadership Connection 2016 Theme: Personal. Professional. Global. Held at the Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis.en
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