The purpose of this basic qualitative study was to explore nontraditional 2nd-year nursing students and the factors that influenced their success during their 1st year of classes. A scarcity of research noted the factors that influenced the success of the nontraditional community college nursing student. While reviewing the literature that addresses the need for retention of nursing students, it was found that there was more concentration on those who were not successful. The research question addressed in this study was, What do nontraditional community college students who have completed the 1st year of a nursing program perceive as the contributing factors? Data were collected through semi structured interviews using Zoom videoconferencing software to identify their personal experiences as nursing students during their 1st year. The target population for this research study was 2nd-year nontraditional community college nursing students. The purposeful sample consisted of 13 nursing students who completed their 1st year of nursing school in a community college program. The data analysis revealed 5 major themes: expectations, preparation, support, finances, and self-care. As expected, finances and expectations were consistent themes. The findings indicated that nontraditional nursing students need additional resources that will allow them to be successful, and for those who utilize these resources, success is attainable. The findings also identified the support students received, regardless of the source, influenced their learning and persistence when the program’s rigors increased. Future research on this topic can provide more information regarding resources and how to improve their accessibility for future students.
|Commitee:||Kieffer, Joy, Hughes, Gail|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health sciences|
|Keywords:||Nontraditional, Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Retention|
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