Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Attrition in an associate degree program: The lived experience of the nursing student
by Rogstad, Leanne, Ph.D., Capella University, 2014, 130; 3637177
Abstract (Summary)

Using Wylie's (2004) Model of Non-Traditional Student Attrition as the theoretical framework, results of the analysis revealed student- and nursing-program-related factors that facilitate or hinder successful completion of the program. Barriers of completion included (a) amount and difficulty of course requirements, (b) difficult test rubrics, (c) ineffective instructors, (d) full-time teaching, (e) difficulty in balancing work, family, and school responsibilities, (f) language barriers, and (g) separation of work and school environment. Results of the study further showed that resolution of students' personal obstacles hindering program completion included (a) time and financial management, (b) establishing good relationships with instructors, and (c) use of student support services. While there is a plethora of extensive studies that have developed theories to explain students' early departure from nursing programs, there are only limited studies conducted with respect to nurse programs' retention or attrition in terms of the factors that lead to success in nursing programs. This current study investigated the lived experiences of students currently enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program as well as those who have dropped out of the program at a Midwest community college. Data were collected from 13 participants who participated in the semi-structured interview and were analyzed through a modified Moustakas (1994) van Kaam method. Results can be utilized by educational institutions to create ways to eliminate these barriers. Colleges might be more willing to provide additional student support during enrollment if the external factors that help students achieve success could be identified.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dickey, Corinne
Commitee: Dereshiwsky, Mary, Howell, Cynthia
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Adult education, Nursing
Keywords: Associate degree nursing program, Attrition, Nursing student, Retention
Publication Number: 3637177
ISBN: 978-1-321-19697-9
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