Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An exploration of senior nursing students' perceived stress in a high stakes testing environment
by Robinson, Erin M.||||||Tagher, Catherine G., Ed.D., Northern Kentucky University, 2014, 173; 3622607
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed methods participatory action research study investigated student perceptions of stress within the context of a high stakes testing environment. Participants were prelicensure baccalaureate nursing students enrolled in the final semester of their nursing program. The quantitative method, a prospective correlational research design using the Student Nurse Stress Index (SNSI) provided a quantitative measure of stress. Phenomenography, the qualitative method, was used in order to capture the various ways students experience stress. The combination of these two methods provided a rich understanding of student perspectives regarding the use of high stakes testing nursing as a measure of progression toward graduation. Analysis of the research findings revealed all students experience stress while preparing for high stakes testing. However, students perceived the experience of stress in a myriad of ways suggesting that students view high stakes testing as a threat rather than a challenge.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wirtz, Paul
Commitee: Dollins, Annie, Niemer, Louise, Wirtz, Paul
School: Northern Kentucky University
Department: Education Leadership
School Location: United States -- Kentucky
Source: DAI-B 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Nursing, Health education
Keywords: High stakes testing, Nursing students, Stress, Student Nurse Stress Index
Publication Number: 3622607
ISBN: 978-1-303-94451-2
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