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Improving the Experience of Culturally Diverse Nursing Students: A Qualitative Study
by Griffin, Miriam, Ph.D., Capella University, 2020, 120; 28030268
Abstract (Summary)

Current literature reflects a need for an overall increase in the number of nurses and an increase in ethnic and racial diversity in the nursing profession. The lack of diversity is a global nursing concern, and nursing programs and educators are tasked with attempting to recruit, retain, and graduate culturally diverse students. The literature and research discuss the need for nursing programs and educators to design early intervention success programs and pre-nursing preparation that focus on critical factors that contribute to student success and assist with decreasing attrition rates. In this basic qualitative research study, eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with Bachelor of Science in Nursing students who had completed a pre-nursing introductory course and their first semester of nursing school at a historically Black university. They described themselves as either African, African American, Hispanic, Caribbean, or West Indian. The research question was, how do culturally diverse students describe their experiences with a pre-nursing introductory course in a rigorous nursing program at a historically Black university? The research participants described their experiences in a pre-nursing introductory course as helpful and unhelpful, which evolved into themes of helpful strategies that assisted with student success, opportunities for improvement to assist with student success, and uncertainty in learning course objectives. The research participants described the course as too easy and not reflective of the rigor of nursing programs. The research participants also noted, however, that individual lessons taught in the course had added value to their learning experience and assisted them in achieving success in the first semester of a rigorous nursing program. This study did not evaluate attrition and graduation rates after students received pre-nursing instruction. A recommendation for further research is to perform a mixed method study to evaluate changes in the attrition and graduation rates in the first semester of a nursing program after instituting a pre-nursing introductory course.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miketic, Joyce
Commitee: Pilcher, JoBeth, Emmons, Kate
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Adult education
Keywords: Black student nurses, Diversity in nursing, Introductory nursing course, Minority nursing, Mursing education, Retention in nursing education
Publication Number: 28030268
ISBN: 9798662567627
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