Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Emotional intelligence, motivation, and retention among undergraduate students attending associate-degree nursing programs in Illinois
by Pence, Patricia L., Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2010, 258; 3425732
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the quantitative, descriptive non-experimental study was to determine what the relationship is between emotional intelligence (EI), motivation, demographic variables, and nursing student retention. The research also tested the Nursing Undergraduate Retention and Success (NURS) model by examining demographic variables and academic motivation of nursing students. The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) and the Assessing Emotions Scale (AES) garnered data from 390 first-year undergraduate students attending nine associate degree-nursing (ADN) schools in Illinois. Regression analysis suggested statistically significant differences in the mean scores for the test anxiety and control of learning beliefs MSLQ subscales with retention at the end of the first nursing course. Differences in the mean scores for the extrinsic motivation, task value, time and study, and effort regulation MSLQ subscales were statistically significant at the end of the first semester. Hierarchal logistic regression analysis indicated age was a predictor of retention at the end of the first nursing course. Race/ethnic background and the ADN School were predictors of retention at the end of the first semester. Mean scores on the AES and MSLQ were not predictive with retention. Recommendations for leaders in nursing education propose further inquiry before incorporating EI in admission and retention policies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grondal, Gwenn
Commitee:
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Community college education, Nursing, Health education
Keywords: Associate degree nursing, Emotional intelligence, Illinois, Motivation, Nursing student, Retention
Publication Number: 3425732
ISBN: 978-1-124-27326-6
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