This quantitative correlational, descriptive study examined what relationships exist, if any, between clinical design and implementation of nursing clinical curriculum with National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) pass rates in Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs in the northeastern United States (U.S.). The population for this quantitative correlational, descriptive design included all ADN programs (N =132) located in this geographic. The sample for this study was all ADN accredited programs who willingly completed this survey (N=24). Dr. Martha Tanicala’s questionnaire was used with permission and was renamed Clinical Experiences in Associate Nursing Programs (CEANP). The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (IBM SPSS Version 21.0) was utilized to complete the descriptive and correlational statistical procedures. A point-biserial correlation revealed significant relationships between NCLEX-RN® success and the following independent variables: accreditation standards and recommendations on the design of the clinical curriculum ( rpbi= .419, n = 24, p = .041, administration influence on the design of the clinical curriculum (rpbi = .415, n = 24, p = .044), and assessing clinical faculty competency (rpb= -.555, n = 24, p = .005). The findings of this study indicate that accreditation guidelines and nursing program administrators’ significantly correlate with curriculum design and NCLEX-RN® pass rates. The findings also show a significant relationship between assessment of clinical faculty competency and NCLEX-RN® success. The findings demonstrate that a more even distribution of the type of clinical hours across the curriculum may assist students with readiness for practice and first-time NCLEX-RN® achievement.
|Commitee:||Bachand, Jeanie, Yates, Lenora|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education, Nursing, Curriculum development|
|Keywords:||Associate, Clinical, Curriculum, Education, NCLEX, Nursing|
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