Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Motivational Factors of Student Nurse Athletes Attributing to Academic Success
by Forst, Kimberly A., D.N.P., Carlow University, 2015, 77; 3702663
Abstract (Summary)

Student nurse athletes may experience difficulties effectively obtaining academic success in nursing programs. Many athletes need extra support and assistance to complete a nursing degree. Some institutions provide general academic courses to enhance the athlete’s academic skills and knowledge. There is limited literature addressing success of student athletes in Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. The purpose of this study was to identify facilitators, barriers, and motivators of student nurse athletes that attribute to academic success. A quantitative descriptive comparative study was conducted from September 8, 2014 to October 3, 2014. Data were obtained on sixty-one participants that included athlete and non-athlete nursing students. All participants completed the Demographic-Socio-Economic Questionnaire and the Facilitators/ Barriers Questionnaire. In addition, the athletes (n=18) also completed the Motivational Questionnaire. Results indicated that both groups ranked academics as requiring the highest demand of time. In second rank were athletics (athletes) and family (non-athletes). Both groups ranked time management as first and prioritization second as being critical to academic success. Student athletes identified facilitators as support with time management and prioritization. Barriers were schedule conflicts between classes and clinical days. Motivators were the needs to successfully complete academic and athletic related tasks. This study reinforced the importance of academic support services for student nurse athletes to assist in their academic success. These services can provide time management and prioritization skills which are facilitators needed to assist the student in managing the unique characteristics of being a successful student nurse athlete.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jones, Mildred A.
Commitee: Ingel, Renee M., Wendekier, Camille M.
School: Carlow University
Department: Nursing Practice
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-B 76/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Sports Management, School administration, Nursing
Keywords: Academic success, Athletes, Motivation, Student nurse
Publication Number: 3702663
ISBN: 978-1-321-74095-0
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