In response to the prediction of a significant shortage of nurses, the research addressed attrition in accelerated associate degree in nursing (ADN) programs. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the meaningfulness and essence of successful nursing students’ lived experiences of persistence in accelerated ADN programs. The study included 11 students from two accelerated ADN programs located in Central Florida, who participated in two lengthy semi-structured interviews. The interview questions were created from three theories: the strand theory, Knowles’s adult learning theory, and Tinto’s theory of persistence. The results indicated the importance for educational leaders in higher education to recognize the potential of accelerated ADN programs and nontraditional students. The findings indicated there is a need to improve future student access to nursing programs, and admission criteria should be realistic and meet the needs of nontraditional students. In addition, curriculum and instruction should be creative and address ways to make difficult content easier. Future implications of this study align with recommendations of the Florida Center for Nursing, which address the following areas of concern: (a) recruitment, (b) career advancement, (c) creative instruction to improve retention, and (d) ongoing support of research that analyze workforce trends.
|Commitee:||Komaroff, Eugene, Rouse, Theresa|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||ADN, Accelerated nursing programs, Nursing, Persistence, Shortage of nurses|
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