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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/621829
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Level of Evidence:
N/A
Research Approach:
N/A
Title:
Use of Crib Sheets and Exam Performance in an Undergraduate Nursing Course
Author(s):
Malecha, Ann; Budhrani-Shani, Pinky
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Beta (Houston)
Author Details:
Ann Malecha, PhD, RN, CNE, Professional Experience: Dr. Ann Malecha has been in nursing academia for 24 years: 1999-present--Professor, tenured, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX 1995-1999--Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX 1992-1995--Assistant Professor, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ She has conducted research in the area of nursing students and personal stressors related to academic success. Preparing the Future Nursing Workforce: A Study Examining Stressors and Nursing Student Success” American Nurses Foundation, 2007 Dorothy Reilly Scholar, $5,000 (PI) and U.S. DHHS/CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, $16,900 (PI) Author Summary: Dr. Ann Malecha has been in nursing academia since 1992 and currently teaches in a generic baccalaureate nursing program (community health nursing and nursing research) as well as teaches in the PhD program. Her research includes examining personal stressors of nursing students and factors related to academic success.
Abstract:

Purpose: A correlational study was conducted to assess the outcomes of allowing baccalaureate nursing students to use authorized crib sheets during exams.

Methods: Senior nursing students (N=86), enrolled in a community health nursing course, received a blank crib sheet (10 cm X 15 cm index card) one week before each unit exam (n=2) and the final exam. The students were allowed to write on the front and back of the index card and then use the card during the exam. Use of the card was not required. The crib sheet was collected after each exam and the students immediately completed a post-exam survey developed by the researchers. The survey included five scaled questions assessing the benefits of using the crib sheet across the domains of Exam Confidence, Exam Preparedness, Test Anxiety, Assistance during Exam, and Recommend for Future Exams. Other survey items collected data on amount of time spent creating the crib sheet and number of times crib sheet was used during exam. One open-ended question requested additional written feedback.

Results: This study is ongoing and the last data point of the study will be collected during the final exam in December 2016. Preliminary results indicate that all students created and used the crib sheet for the first 2 exams of the semester. Data to be analyzed includes mean time to create the crib sheet, mean number of times used card during exam, and Spearman rank order correlations will examine relationships between confidence, preparedness, anxiety, assistance, future use, and grades for unit exams 1 and 3 and final exam. Preliminary qualitative data indicates an emerging theme that creating the card “helped me memorize,” and “I accidentally learned while making the card.” All study results will be presented in July 2017.

Conclusion:  There is a growing body of evidence that the use of student-prepared testing aids (cheat sheets or crib notes) can have a positive impact on student outcomes such as test anxiety and exam performance. Some researchers have suggested that the actual preparation of a crib sheet can help students to organize course content, reduce the need for memorization, and focus on conceptual knowledge and learning. A review of the literature indicates faculty-approved crib sheets during exams are becoming more common in the disciplines of math, engineering, psychology, and other sciences. This study will be one of the first to report on the use of authorized crib sheets with nursing students.

Keywords:
Crib Sheet; Nursing Students; Test Anxiety
Repository Posting Date:
13-Jul-2017
Date of Publication:
13-Jul-2017
Other Identifiers:
INRC17PST639
Conference Date:
2017
Conference Name:
28th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Dublin, Ireland
Description:
Event Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarship

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dc.titleUse of Crib Sheets and Exam Performance in an Undergraduate Nursing Courseen_US
dc.contributor.authorMalecha, Annen
dc.contributor.authorBudhrani-Shani, Pinkyen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Beta (Houston)en
dc.author.detailsAnn Malecha, PhD, RN, CNE, Professional Experience: Dr. Ann Malecha has been in nursing academia for 24 years: 1999-present--Professor, tenured, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX 1995-1999--Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX 1992-1995--Assistant Professor, County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ She has conducted research in the area of nursing students and personal stressors related to academic success. Preparing the Future Nursing Workforce: A Study Examining Stressors and Nursing Student Success” American Nurses Foundation, 2007 Dorothy Reilly Scholar, $5,000 (PI) and U.S. DHHS/CDC National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, $16,900 (PI) Author Summary: Dr. Ann Malecha has been in nursing academia since 1992 and currently teaches in a generic baccalaureate nursing program (community health nursing and nursing research) as well as teaches in the PhD program. Her research includes examining personal stressors of nursing students and factors related to academic success.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/621829-
dc.description.abstract<p><strong><strong>Purpose: </strong></strong><span>A correlational study was conducted to assess the outcomes of allowing baccalaureate nursing students to use authorized crib sheets during exams.</span></p> <p><strong>Methods: </strong>Senior nursing students (<em>N</em>=86), enrolled in a community health nursing course, received a blank crib sheet (10 cm X 15 cm index card) one week before each unit exam (n=2) and the final exam. The students were allowed to write on the front and back of the index card and then use the card during the exam. Use of the card was not required. The crib sheet was collected after each exam and the students immediately completed a post-exam survey developed by the researchers. The survey included five scaled questions assessing the benefits of using the crib sheet across the domains of Exam Confidence, Exam Preparedness, Test Anxiety, Assistance during Exam, and Recommend for Future Exams. Other survey items collected data on amount of time spent creating the crib sheet and number of times crib sheet was used during exam. One open-ended question requested additional written feedback.</p> <p><strong>Results: </strong>This study is ongoing and the last data point of the study will be collected during the final exam in December 2016. Preliminary results indicate that all students created and used the crib sheet for the first 2 exams of the semester. Data to be analyzed includes mean time to create the crib sheet, mean number of times used card during exam, and Spearman rank order correlations will examine relationships between confidence, preparedness, anxiety, assistance, future use, and grades for unit exams 1 and 3 and final exam. Preliminary qualitative data indicates an emerging theme that creating the card “helped me memorize,” and “I accidentally learned while making the card.” All study results will be presented in July 2017.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion: </strong> There is a growing body of evidence that the use of student-prepared testing aids (cheat sheets or crib notes) can have a positive impact on student outcomes such as test anxiety and exam performance. Some researchers have suggested that the actual preparation of a crib sheet can help students to organize course content, reduce the need for memorization, and focus on conceptual knowledge and learning. A review of the literature indicates faculty-approved crib sheets during exams are becoming more common in the disciplines of math, engineering, psychology, and other sciences. This study will be one of the first to report on the use of authorized crib sheets with nursing students.</p>en
dc.subjectCrib Sheeten
dc.subjectNursing Studentsen
dc.subjectTest Anxietyen
dc.date.available2017-07-13T18:53:57Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-13-
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-13T18:53:57Z-
dc.conference.date2017en
dc.conference.name28th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationDublin, Irelanden
dc.descriptionEvent Theme: Influencing Global Health Through the Advancement of Nursing Scholarshipen
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