An examination of the influence of select non-cognitive variables on the intention of minority baccalaureate nursing students to complete a baccalaureate nursing program
Dena B. Evans, EdD, MPH, MSN, RN, CNE, CNL
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On college and university campuses nationwide, understanding the phenomenon of student retention has become an institutional imperative. The loss of any student is costly to a college or university, resulting in considerable financial loss (Siedman, 2005). For some programs of study, such as nursing, retention is paramount, not only for the institution but for the communities which are served by its graduates. Moreover, retaining minority nursing students is of particular importance because it holds the key to the resolution of a long-standing absence of minority representation in the nursing profession, the nursing shortage and the elimination of health disparities among minority healthcare recipients (Davidhizar, Dowd, & Giger, 1998; Shi & Stevens, 2005). Using Tinto’s (1993) Model of Institutional Departure, the present study explored the relationship between select non-cognitive variables and students’ intention to complete their program of study. Unique data characteristics required the use of both parametric and nonparametric statistical analyses, including a Zero Inflated Poisson regression, not traditionally seen in retention research. Statistical analyses revealed significant differences between minority and non-minority prelicensure baccalaureate nursing students. The final regression model which included age, race, gender, academic development, faculty interaction, peer interaction, hours worked and faculty concern, accounted for 29% of the variation in intention scores.
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|Research Approach||Quantitative Research|
|Keywords||Minority Nursing Students;
|Grantor||North Carolina State University|
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